This week has officially been dubbed Hella-crazy-who-knows-what Coaching Search Week.
I just keep waiting for Jeff Probst to pop out of a bush with a microphone and declare “THIS WEEK ON SURVIVOR:” with news about the Tennessee coaching search.
If he did it tonight, it’d be even more perfect, because it seems like John Currie had a hidden immunity idol.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
This news comes on the heels of rumors that Tennessee was interested in former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, but others had said the Vols showed interest in Leach.
Now several folks, including someone at Washington St., tell me Currie interviewed Mike Leach & possibly 1-2 other candidates today in the Los Angeles area.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) December 1, 2017
Per @Volquest_Rivals, Tennessee AD John Currie was in California today but did not speak with former Vol quarterback Tee Martin.
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) December 1, 2017
The name picking up steam for Tennessee is Mike Leach. The name losing steam is Kevin Sumlin.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 1, 2017
This comes on the heels of AtoZ Sports’ report that Currie had lunch with Leach in Los Angeles today. So, is this really happening? (This is not a scheduled sentence)
Leach is 122-80 overall as a head coach, but has made his name known by taking lesser-talented teams and leading them to successful seasons, like in 2008 when he helped Texas Tech win its first Big 12 division crown since 1994.
The Red Raiders never finished a season below .500, making a bowl game in each of Leach’s years there. At Washington State, Leach took a program that had won nine games in four years before him to a 9-4 record in just three years.
He’s known for prolific quarterbacks, fun press conferences, and he’d be a breath of fresh air in Knoxville.