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Nutt Suggests Leach Would Fit At Ole Miss

If there’s a fan favorite when it comes to Ole Miss’ coaching candidates, that man is most surely Mike Leach.

The former Texas Tech head coach — who has also had offensive success as an assistant at Kentucky — would bring instant credibility to Oxford.  His offense would excite recruits.  His fascination with pirates would give students something better than a black bear to dress up as on gameday.

But would he be a good fit at a school like Mississippi?  Houston Nutt seems to think so.  Speaking on Tim Brando’s radio show today, Nutt said that Ole Miss needs hire a coach who’ll do something different on offense. He then threw props to Leach.

But there’s a downside to making a run at Leach, too.  First, the coach’s ugly departure at Texas Tech will be mentioned again and again.  Would Chancellor Dan Jones want to fool with that?

Second, Leach’s lawsuit against ESPN for it’s coverage/involvement in his ouster — he also claims the network nixed his chances of landing the Maryland job last year — would make for some interesting times.  The SEC and ESPN are business partners.  How would ESPN cover Leach?  How would Leach handle media requests from ESPN?

Finally, would UM’s chancellor want a known loose cannon heading up his football program?  Most bosses like to make safe hires.  Leach ran a clean program and graduated playes (and won games) at Texas Tech, but his off-the-wall persona certainly doesn’t jive with the words “safe hire.”

Should Ole Miss kick the tires on Leach?  In our view… absolutely.  He’d be the first call we’d make.

But we’d want to get to know the guy before we handed him the keys to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

 


15 comments
Alan Powell
Alan Powell

Leach is a winning clean coach. He should go to a bigger market program A&M or Miami. He wants to be in the media spotlight. A&M is close enough to the 4th largest county & city in the country. In Lubbock he was interviewing for every job that could get him to a bigger media market. Aggies have swords so it could work and be sweet revenge. No insult intended to you Ole Miss fans, but he offended a lot of TxTech fans with his constant interviewing for every job in a bigger market stuff. That is really the only thing against him. Any school not in a major market will find him looking the day after he is hired. But Ole Miss should talk to him to see if his media attention needs have changed.

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

IF Ole Miss is smart, they hire Mike Leach. Is there a chance he goes crazy? yes. Is there a chance the media will trash Ole Miss? yes. Is there a much better chance Leach gets the program back where it should be? Yes. Is Leach a coach who can get much needed energy back into that program? yes. YOu have to take risk when you get to the level Ole Miss has reached. Leach would be a great fit.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

UK could hire him as the Coach in Waiting ;)

Way it is going Joker could be on the way out right about the time Leach is settling the lawsuit

Ex-Pat Rebel
Ex-Pat Rebel

Well, at this stage, Leach is at least a proven winner. Give him a shot. I mean really, Ole Miss
has nothing to lose. OM is behind the 8 ball in recruiting, That's gotta be fixed. But
first and foremost.....a winning coach.

Vicious Dawg
Vicious Dawg

Question is could Leach win in the SEC like he did in the weak big 12

PNB
PNB

Leach is great and I welcome him back to coaching but I hope not at Ole Miss. That would add one more strong team to the already super strong SEC West

Aggiefaithful
Aggiefaithful

Here is an idea, Leach to A&M! Never going to happen, I Know, but Sheman is on borrowed time; worst break down of a top 10 team to start the season that I can remember. We need to go after Kirby Smart, like yesterday. Not sure if he would be interested with living/working in the state of Texas, but it would be one hell of an opportunity for a young coach on the rise. Smart could build our program from the ground up, bring back our wrecking crew defense, and actually have us compete in the SEC. We need someone from the SEC culture to get in here and coach; teach the Aggie fanbase about SEC culture. It is the only way we are going to compete, short of a small miracle.

houstonvol
houstonvol

UT could not hire a named coach because it was know how big of a mess the program was mired in at the time. My fellow Vol fans have to realize that the program was in worse shape than anyone realized and will take some time to rebuild. I beleive we are headed in the right direction and good times are ahead.

William Rauhuff
William Rauhuff

Tennessee could not hire a decent coach with their resources so how could Ole Miss

benzadawgfan
benzadawgfan

In an interview with the Clarion ledger a couple of months ago, one of the major things Leach mentioned he wanted at a prospective school was a stable administration. Does a hated chancellor and a lame duck AD fit that bill? Does Ole Miss have the cash to hire a name coach while they are paying Nutt a $6 million buyout and attempting to raise funds for a new basketball arena and a stadium expansion?(even though they didn't sell out of season tickets)

Clarence
Clarence

And he would OWN Texas A&M, just like he did at Texas Tech. Bad news for Mike Sherman and the Corps of Cadets that play soldier. The pirate will be back!

Rebel Girl
Rebel Girl

This is absolutely correct, Ole Miss has played it 'safe' way too long, and look where we are now! We need Mike Leach, and hopefully he needs us too...!

Bear61
Bear61

Not only could he win in the SEC, but if you look at the stats the BIG 12 is the strongest in the nation!!!

lodger16
lodger16

Big 12 is not weak, just different, with not much defense. Every conference ranking based on a formula has Big 12 #1 this year. Leach would need a very good DC.

Aggiefaithful
Aggiefaithful

Clarence, with all due respect, the majority of those cadets don't "play soldier", they go on to serve in one in one of the branches of the armed forces. I did myself, as did a good number of my buddies; my Dad did as well, and quite a few of his buddies. You are right, some do their 4 years and get out, but they never "play" soldier. They will be the first ones to tell you why they joined, for a host of good reasons.



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