Texas Tech didn't want Mike Leach coaching its football team any more, but the University of South Florida apparently does.
Word out of South Florida is that USF is looking at Leach to replace Jim Leavitt. This is a complete stretch by USF for a couple of reasons.
Leach and/or his attorneys are currently spending more time in court than Judge Judy, because Leach is embroiled in a very heated lawsuit against Texas Tech, who he said unfairly fired him on Dec. 30.
But the big "are you kidding me?'' comes from the standpoint that USF fired Leavitt because they said he allegedly mistreated a player. Isn't that why Texas Tech allegedly fired Leach?
News must travel via pony express to South Florida. You don't fire one coach for a particular reason then try to hire another coach who is entangled in a similar web.
That's like divorcing a woman and then turning around and marrying her sister.
From my dealings with him the past three years, Leach is a great guy with one of the great offensive coaching minds in the country. And it's too bad Leach is in this siituation right now, because three very good jobs -- USC, Tennessee and USF _ have surprisingly opened up since Tech fired him.
I have no doubt Leach will surface again and continue being a formidable coach. But now is not the time for him to be on anybody's sideline.
Leach needs to sit out the 2010 season, get his legal woes behind him and then take one of the glamour jobs that'll become available after next season.
In the meantime, USF, pick up a paper or browse the Internet. You could learn a thing a two about coaching candidates.
-- Dwain Price