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Mike Leach stumping for Miami gig

Mike Leach

If the reports that came out Tuesday night have any validity to them at all, there will not be a head coaching vacancy at the University of Miami for much longer.

However, if the Jon Gruden speculation fails to come to fruition, there’s at least one person who feels like Mike Leach would be a perfect candidate for the job — The Pirate himself.

Speaking to the Palm Beach Post, Leach said that while he hasn’t yet had any contact with the university, the former Texas Tech head coach made a rather impassioned case for himself that there should be contact.  And, rather interestingly, he used Gruden’s football playground, the NFL, to highlight why he should be under consideration.

“It’s a great job and I think it would be a great fit,” Leach said. “We’d have an exciting brand of football. We’ll fill the seats and we’ll win games and we’ll win ACC championships.

“If you look at the guys on NFL rosters, in the Big 12 Texas has 32, Oklahoma has 29, Nebraska has 28 and Texas Tech has nine. Still, my record against Nebraska was something like 5-1 and we beat Oklahoma three out of the last five times.

“There are lots of Hurricanes on NFL rosters. That gives you an idea of what you can draw there. If you base it on resources and production, the chances of my success along with my staff are remarkably high.”

That said, Leach-to-Miami, as bad as it seems he wants it, is likely a pipe dream for the coach.  The issues that led to his departure from Tech, and the subsequent litigation he’s currently in the midst of, seems to make it unlikely he will be anything more than a peripheral candidate for just about any opening during this hiring cycle, especially when it comes to Miami.  Add on to that the fact that he was a candidate for the job the last time it came open in 2006 and reportedly didn’t fare well in the interview, and guiding the Hurricanes from the sidelines probably isn’t in the cards this time around either.

Leach, though, sounded an ominous warning to The U if they do indeed decide to go in another direction.

“They could hire me and we’d have one decade after another of success with students that graduate and don’t get into trouble,” said Leach, “or they can hire somebody else.”

Can somebody please hire Coach Leach and get his ass back into college football where it belongs and is needed?

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21 Responses to “Mike Leach stumping for Miami gig”
  1. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2010 9:24 AM

    He MAY be using this as part of his suit against TTU. If he can’t even get an interview for a job he is qualified for it will help prove that TTU’s admin has done grievous harm to his reputation. Just thinking outside the box ’cause, you know, that is where Leach lives.

  2. kls05v says: Dec 1, 2010 9:43 AM

    @spudvol

    He isn’t doing this as posturing for his TTU suit because Leach did this same thing before they hired Shannon and UM picked Shannon over him. If anything, such an argument would hurt his case because TTU could say “hey, UM didn’t want him the first time he lobbied for the job, so there hasn’t been any chage as a result of firing him.”

    With that said, and as a FSU fan, I hope UM makes the wrong decision twice and doesnt hire him again. I’d rather have to play Chucky’s old and decrepit NFL offense than Leach’s system combined with Miami talent. Also, I am looking forward to UM’s smack talking because of what they think is the coming of the reverse Jimmy Johnson. The more they run their mouths before they loose to us next year, the more they do something drastic after they loose and I dont have to deal with them much longer.

  3. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2010 9:48 AM

    klso5v

    The previous interview occurred before his “breakout” season in 2008. If he could get an interview at Miami prior to his best season and can’t get an interview afterward, he can claim it is because of the way TTU fired him.

  4. kls05v says: Dec 1, 2010 10:00 AM

    Spudvol

    I am not sure how you define “breakout,” but I would say that it occurred for him while he was at OU, which, to me at least, is what led him to getting the TTU job in the first place. And as far as his first attempt at getting the UM job, I dont think there was ever a real interview between him and UM, I think it was just him, and Parcells on his behalf, trying to get him the job. Him not getting the job before and after the suit doesnt prove that him being fired was a factor in not getting the UM job the second time around.

  5. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2010 10:12 AM

    klso5v

    After the 2008 season Leach’s name was on the short list for every coaching opening in the nation. After the 2009 season he can’t even get an interview. The only thing that changed was TTU firing him. If he can prove that he was wrongfully terminated (and it is looking more and more like this is the case), he has a legitimate claim that TTU is at fault for his inability to even get an interview.

    As to the definition of “breakout”- Leach led TTU to its first 10-0 start in 70 years, that is a “breakout” season. But it isn’t “my definition” of breakout, unless you are willfully forgetting how the 2008 season played out, Leach and TTU was the hot topic all season long.

  6. blitz4848 says: Dec 1, 2010 10:14 AM

    Leach is not, not, not being considered at UM. The Board of Directors have made that perfectly clear yesterday so take him out of any further possible Cane coaching hires.

  7. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 10:28 AM

    The guy can talk as well as anyone.

    How many Big XII titles did he win? How many Big XII South Titles did he win?

    Zero.

    Occasionally beating the teams that play in the Big XII Title games is hardly qualities Miami needs.

  8. floridaconservative says: Dec 1, 2010 10:47 AM

    @Bender

    Big XII Titles = 0
    Big XII South Titles = 1

    Be sure to check the facts before commenting, especially when they’re very, VERY well known.

    (The year was 2008. Michael Crabtree led a dramatic comeback win over Texas. TT beat UT, UT beat OU, and OU beat TT to create a three-way tie for the division title which all three schools share. The tiebreaker went to OU via BCS rankings by a slim margin, but that only determined the Title Game representative, not the South Division Title).

  9. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2010 11:18 AM

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  10. florida727 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:16 PM

    Yep. I’d definitely hire Leach. I mean, come on, if DONALD TRUMP says a particular football coach is the proper fit for a specific school, with his vast knowledge of football to rely on, how you possibly go wrong going with his recommendation? (That idiot will do anything to get his name mentioned in the media, won’t he? Hey Donald, shut up and go away. You choose the sequence of those two events.)

  11. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:47 PM

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    floridaconservative says: Dec 1, 2010 10:47 AM

    @Bender

    Big XII Titles = 0
    Big XII South Titles = 1

    Be sure to check the facts before commenting, especially when they’re very, VERY well known.

    (The year was 2008. Michael Crabtree led a dramatic comeback win over Texas. TT beat UT, UT beat OU, and OU beat TT to create a three-way tie for the division title which all three schools share. The tiebreaker went to OU via BCS rankings by a slim margin, but that only determined the Title Game representative, not the South Division Title).

    Oh yeah, I forgot about the 3-way tie for the Division title, that went to OU. See “sharing” the title means that you are part of a tie, the tie BREAKER went to OU. So TT technically can call it a title share, it’s really being 1 of 3 teams.

    Let me correct it here:

    Division Titles Shared: 1
    Division Titles won out right: 0
    Division Title Games Played in: 0
    Division Titles: 0

    Ok, There we go. So much different than before.

    He hasn’t won anything. Beating a good team a few times is not that impressive.

  12. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:50 PM

    I’m not saying Leach isn’t a good coach, or that Miami would be making a bad hire, I just wish people would speak about the fact he really hasn’t done anything as a head coach. Yes, Tech had some good times, good wins, and were apart of the national picture, but in titles, which is what Miami wants, he has none.

    Miami doesn’t want to win 9 or 10 games, sometimes 8. They want to win 13 or 14 and win TITLES. Leach doesn’t have that on his resume.

    Plain and simple. Should he get the job because he is a good coach who can get good talent and produce good wins? Yes. Should he get the job to fit Miami’s desire for Trophies? No. He has none to call his own.

  13. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:54 PM

    If a program states:

    We want to win our conference and compete for National Titles.

    Then the program can’t hire a guy who has not done either and claim his resume offers them that.

    If a program states:

    We want a head coach that has proven he can compete with top notch programs, produce some NFL talent, and take a team to the next level.

    Then the program can hire a guy who will very likely do that.

    It’s all about what is being said, right now, Leach is NOT what Miami has said they want.

  14. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2010 1:17 PM

    bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:54 PM

    If a program states:

    We want to win our conference and compete for National Titles.

    Then the program can’t hire a guy who has not done either and claim his resume offers them that.

    Tell that to LSU when it hired Les Miles.

    As to the rest- there is no requirement that states that Miami’s admin must hire the candidate that most closely matches their rhetoric.

  15. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 2:04 PM

    I’m not saying they have to legally or something.

    It just looks foolish if you hire a guy who doesn’t fit the criteria YOU lay out.

    Nebraska did that in 2003, and plenty of other schools do it.

    All Miami has to say is, we want the best coach possible.

  16. Deb says: Dec 1, 2010 2:29 PM

    Oooo I’d just love to get Leach into the SEC.

  17. bender4700 says: Dec 1, 2010 2:31 PM

    Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search.”

    Nebraska ex-AD Stevie Petersin (spelled wrong on purpose) said “we will not let this program slip into mediocrity. We will not surrender the Big XII to the likes of Texas and Oklahoma.” He hired recently fired ex-Raiders head coach Bill Callahan. Then Stevie lost his job to former Husker head coach Tom Osborne, who fired Bill and hired Bo Pelini.

    My point is that Miami doesn’t have to hire Mike Leach. They are M I A M I! They can hire THE best coaching candidate available. Mike Leach doesn’t have the resume, period. Good years at Texas Tech are medicore years for Miami. Look at Randy Shannon.

    Leach was fired. He reportedly mis-treated a player, and had had a contentious relationship with the Texas Tech administration. Miami really wants that baggage? They have to rebuild a once great program. Leach could be the death of them. Ask Notre Dame how well one bad choice after another works out.

    Miami is at a crossroads. They can hire Jon Gruden (if he wants the job), they can hire ANY well QUALIFIED coach, or hire Mike Leach who has a very thin resume, according to Miami’s PRESET standards.

    It amazes me, Miami makes it clear who and what they want. Yet a coach who if you just posted his win/loss, Conference titles, national titles, and Heisman trophy winners would NOT fit Miami’s preset standards. Leach’s praise is mostly how he conducts himself and his persona. As a coach, compared to most coaches, he’s average. Bo Pelini has more Titles in 3 years as a coach than Mike Leach had his entire run at TT. Bo Pelini could very well add CONFERENCE CHAMP.

    Miami is taking a big gamble if they hire Leach. Miami is not one of those jobs that a guy makes a name for himself. Coaches become legends at places like Miami.

    Texas
    USC
    Florida
    Miami
    Michigan
    Ohio State
    Nebraska
    Notre Dame
    Oklahoma
    Florida State
    Penn State
    and a couple others.

    Top tier programs, that should get top tier coaches.

  18. usernamethatdoesnotalreadyexist says: Dec 1, 2010 3:31 PM

    Were you being facetious, Deb?

  19. Deb says: Dec 1, 2010 11:21 PM

    @username,etc. …

    No … I love him LOL We’re known for our colorful coaches and few people are more colorful than Mike Leach. How many guys go to press conferences and make speeches about the players’ fat little girlfriends? And he was on “Friday Night Lights” counseling the coach about rediscovering his inner pirate. He’s hysterical.

    I’m not giving up Saban, and Meyer, Spurrier, Petrino, Dooley, Miles, and Mullen aren’t moving. Wouldn’t want him at Auburn because I hate Auburn. But there must be a place for him somewhere :)

  20. usernamethatdoesnotalreadyexist says: Dec 2, 2010 9:29 AM

    Right, but this article is about Miami, and I though you were implying that Miami is in the SEC. Because it’s not. Nevermind. Carry on.

  21. Deb says: Dec 2, 2010 2:05 PM

    Oh … no, I’m well aware of that. Was hoping Miami wouldn’t take him so we could find a place for him in our colorful conference.

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