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Report: Leach to accept Volunteers coaching job

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Volunteers coaching search has been a joke. However, it may finally be over.

Since the school backed out of an agreement with Ohio State Buckeyes assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, the Volunteers have taken one black eye after another, as coaches have backed out and decided to remain at their respective schools. Numerous coaches decided to turn down their overtures.

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach (Getty Images)

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach (Getty Images)

Last Sunday, once news leaked out that Schiano was going to be named head coach, students, administration, along with even politicians, acted like a pack of wolves going after their prey — which was Schiano. This caused the school to back out because the wolves rushed to conclusions that Schiano failed to report child abuse involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky at Penn State. Schiano has denied the allegations despite a 2016 report.

The Volunteers have reportedly offered its head coaching job to Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach. His interview went so well that the school is expected to hire Leach on Friday.

Leach, who is expected to accept the offer, would replace Butch Jones and Brady Hoke. Jones was fired in the middle of November before Hoke was named interim head coach for the final few games of the season.

He is expected to receive a pay raise by coming to the East Coast. He received $3.01 million while serving as the Cougars head coach.

Jones was making $4.1 million before he was fired and was the 20th-highest paid coach in college football. Leach is the 38th-highest paid coach, according to USA Today’s Coaching Salary Database.

Leach has spent the past six seasons with the Cougars. He has gone 38-37 at the school, including 26-28 within the Pac-12 Conference.

This season, he has guided the Cougars to a 9-3 record. His best record came in 2015 when he guided the team to a 9-4 record.

With Leach expected to accept the offer, the Cougars will have an interim head coach for its Bowl game. Leach was 1-2 in Bowl games with Washington State, as they won the Sun Bowl over the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 20-14 on December 26th, 2015.

Prior to accepting the Washington State coaching job, he was the coach for a decade with the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas. The 56-year-old went 84-43 in the Big 12 Conference, including 47-33 in conference play.

Leach has gone from coaching in the Big 12 Conference to the Pac-12 Conference to now, once it’s officially announced, coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’ll attempt to rebuild and restore its tradition-rich history, while giving sound bites galore of college football and many off-topic things.

Leach will now coach against some of the best coaches in all of college football.

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