Mike Leach Denies Texas Tech Reunion: ‘They Didn’t Pay Me Last Time’
The coaching circus carousel continued on Monday morning with rumors flying all over the place as to who will be the next head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders following the firing of Kliff Kingsbury on Sunday. A name that popped up from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal was Mike Leach. Yes, that Mike Leach. The former head coach of the Red Raiders.
Per the outlet, Leach, the current Washington State head coach is not only a target of athletic director Kirby Hocutt but a name that a large group of donors is pushing Hocutt to hire. “The people who are supporting him, it’s not just one or two,” an unnamed source told the Avalanche-Journal. “It’s like a hoard of people and maybe eight or 10 that are like million-dollar-plus donors. It’s some serious folks.”
Well, according to ESPN’s Joel D. Anderson, Leach isn’t really reciprocating the love.
I spoke to Mike Leach last night and he said he isn’t interested in returning to Texas Tech. “They didn’t pay me last time. And I’m happy here.” Asked to elaborate, he said: “They haven’t paid me for 2009 and we won 9 games that year. And they haven’t won 9 games since.” https://t.co/q26RCKGNBt
— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) November 26, 2018
Leach was 84-42 at Texas Tech from 2000-09, including an incredible 11-2 season in 2008 in a season where Tech was in the Big 12 and national title hunt late in the season. .
We interviewed Mike Leach at Heartland College Sports earlier this season and discussed a lot of these topics from his Texas Tech days and much more. You can listen to that interview here.
Another name that reportedly has popped up for the Red Raiders is West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. And this search is just getting started! Stay tuned.
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