Miami coaching job intriguing to Mike Leach

Dec 2 2010 - 7:30pm

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is certainly interested in becoming the next football coach at the University of Miami.

"I think it's a perfect fit because I'm in Miami," said Leach, who moved his family to Key West, Fla., after Tech fired him last December. "I think it's a perfect fit because of the offense they run and all the skill players they've got at a variety of positions.

"Plus, they're committed to academics, and so am I."

Miami fired Randy Shannon last Saturday after four seasons.

Leach coached at Tech from 2000 to '09 and departed as the school's all-time winningest coach (84-43). He led the Red Raiders to a bowl game in all 10 years, and many of his Raider Nation admirers remain upset about his firing.

Leach developed one of the nation's finest offenses at Tech and said he would like the chance to see what he could do with the caliber of players available at Miami.

"I've been a little curious myself and it would be fun to see, because we always had some obstacles in recruiting (at Tech), because we didn't get the first pick," Leach said. "Miami is in the middle of things, and that would be a different operation than what we were able to achieve at Texas Tech."

Leach pointed out that even in a tough conference such as the Big 12, Texas Tech had more success and won more bowl games than at any time in the program's history.

Leach said he hasn't been contacted by anyone about the Miami job. He's embroiled in a lawsuit with Texas Tech about his firing and recently filed a defamation suit against ESPN.

"I think (Miami president) Donna Shalala would be a great person to work with," Leach said. "She was instrumental in building the University of Wisconsin -- her and (ex-Badgers coach) Barry Alvarez -- and providing the vision and direction that they have there."

A McClatchy Newspapers report said Donald Trump had sent a handwritten note to Shalala suggesting Leach be hired at Miami.

But a Miami trustee told "The Miami Herald" that the school will not hire any coach with any baggage, a reference to Leach and former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt.

 

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