Leach nearing deal with Tennessee

Reports: Mike Leach offered University of Tennessee head coach position

Chris Low of ESPN says that the school made its decision when it met with Currie Friday morning - "on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search".

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play).

News of Leach's interest in the Tennessee job came just a day after Cougfan.com reported that a WSU recruit in Colorado had been assured by Leach in person that he was staying put.

In a text message to the AP early Friday, Leach said: "Nothing to report".

Leach, 56, has been at Washington State for six years and is 38-37, but 26-12 the last three seasons, including 19-8 in the Pac-12. The meeting was in Los Angeles, and Leach flew back to Pullman, Washington, when it was done. Or you're a good coach; there's rumors you're leaving.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports also reported that a "source tells me the meeting with Mike Leach went very well".

Several factors have fueled speculation about Leach's future in recent weeks.




Phillip Fulmer is expected to be announced as the new athletic director at today's press conference. That was Bill Moos, who jumped to Nebraska in October, and he has yet to be replaced.

Tennessee fired football Butch Jones last month and was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday.

Schiano has denied the claim.

Leach coached a decade at Texas Tech before taking the WSU job, going 10-for-10 in bowl bids.

The Volunteers' search has since stumbled forward rather publicly.

Currie's first major move as the Volunteers AD came on November 12 when he fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones and took on the national search for a replacement. The Volunteers also went after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and N.C. State coach Dave Doeren.

"The kind of head coach who will honor our university's values, will be proud to represent our state and be a role model to our student-athletes".

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