ESPN: Will WSU's Mike Leach always be an ‘outsider' to college football?

SPOKANE, Wash. – As the University of Tennessee welcomed their new head coach Thursday, Jeremy Pruitt, the runner up for the job, Washington State's Mike Leach, was featured in an ESPN article.

Leach was the subject of much speculation after the Knoxville university fired their athletic director before any sort of deal for the UT head coach job could be signed. 

Wednesday night, ESPN published an article noting this fact, and questioning if Leach would always remain on the outside looking in to college football. 

“Will Mike Leach ever be offered and accept a high-profile job? Is he destined to carve a career out of coaching have-nots?” senior ESPN writer Ivan Maisel mused. “Since Leach took over at Texas Tech in 2000, his mixture of offensive wizardry, offbeat intellect and deadpan sense of humor has given him a profile larger than his record has earned.”

Maisel cites Leach’s 16 seasons at Texas Tech and WSU. 

“Leach has done pretty well at those two perennial ne'er-do-wells,” Maisel writes. “You can make a compelling argument that Leach is doing more with less, that the talent he can attract to a Texas Tech or a Washington State will never equal the talent signing with the bell-cow state schools.”

Multiple outlets are reporting Leach is in the running for the Oregon head coach job, after Willie Taggart left Eugene on Tuesday for Florida State.

To read the full ESPN story, click here.

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