Mike Leach will not return to Texas Tech

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to FootballScoop, Washington Cougars head coach Mike Leachwill not return to Lubbock, Texas. Former head coach Kliff Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech on Sunday.

There was a report on Sunday night that suggested Leach was interested in the job.

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach looks on from the sidelines against the Utah Utes
Mike Leach looks on from the sidelines against the Utah Utes (Getty Images)

The school is reportedly turning its attention to Clemson Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables. He is close friends with Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt.

ESPN recently said he’s not actively pursuing the Texas Tech job. Yet, he told the Charleston Post and Courier that people need to understand where he is.

“Just so people understand in where I’m at right now, my son, Jake, is here (at Clemson as a freshman linebacker),” Venables said. “He’s chasing a dream. I sold that dream to him. My responsibility as a dad is to support him for as long as he wants to chase his dreams. Who am I to be a hypocrite, regardless of what opportunities are out there? That’s how I look at it.”

Venables has not been a head coach in his coaching career. The 47-year-old has been the Tigers defensive coordinator since the 2012 season.

He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2004 through 2011. He also was the Sooners co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1999 through 2003.

He began his coaching career with Kansas State Wildcats. He was first the graduate assistant from 1993 through 1995.

His first full-time coaching job was as the Wildcats linebackers coach, where he was from 1996 through 1998.

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