Tennessee’s coaching search has been one of the wildest in recent memory. It’s not over yet, and WSU coach Mike Leach has been at the center of it.
Even before athletic director Bill Moos left WSU to become Nebraska’s AD, Mike Leach’s future in Pullman was never certain. Would the Cougars be able to hold on to a coach who elevated the program to levels not seen since, well … the last time a coach left the program (that didn’t end so well for Mike Price). But the departure of Moos, who hired and championed Leach, left the situation even more clouded.
Below is a timeline of the events and rumors since Leach’s name first surfaced for the Tennessee job in a Football Scoop story published during the Apple Cup. This will be updated.
SATURDAY — Football Scoop reports Leach and Greg Schiano are leading candidates
“While we have heard from sources throughout the week that Currie feels comfortable with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano if he needs to go there, the buzz in the profession the past 24 hours has been that Mike Leach seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position,” Football Scoop wrote.
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“The expectation from those we’ve spoken with is that Leach would accept the position if offered. We can further add that sources tell FootballScoop Washington State officials have had internal discussions about their plans should Leach move on (in addition to Tennessee, Leach could be wind up being a target at other SEC schools as well). In the event they need to make a hire, sources tell FootballScoop Washington State would move without hesitation to promote defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to head coach.”
A separate report from Reed Carringer, formerly of the blog Rocky Top Insider, said the search was over but did not name a coach.
SATURDAY — Leach says he expects to be back at WSU next season
After a 41-14 loss to Washington in the Apple Cup, Leach was asked if he expected to be back at WSU in 2017, in light of the recent report.
“Yeah I do,” Leach said. “I’m strictly focused on the Washington State Cougars. I have a limited knowledge of the internet, which is pretty…