The next Louisville coach

This is the question of the year, of course. Who is it going to be?

The identity, I believe, has been locked into the Yum! vault that also includes the secret 11 herbs and spices.

And since we’re dealing in puzzles, here are the pieces that I think will embody the next coach:

— He will be a proven college coach.

— He will be a college-first guy, and will have no NFL aspirations.

— He should be a proven recruiter in U of L’s traditional talent base in the southeastern U.S. (I don’t know if he will be, but he should be.)

There are, it would seem, a number of guys who fit this mold.

The latest is Mike Leach of Texas Tech. I’ve heard several people talking about him being “a fit.” I don’t see him as a fit at Louisville. I don’t think he fits financially. I don’t think he fits from the standpoint of selling the program to a fan base that is in need of reconciliation.

But I like Leach. A great many in the media don’t, because he has been hard to work with. He’s an eccentric guy — but I don’t see anything wrong with that. Heck, I’m for more eccentricity.

Take a look at this clip of Leach talking about technology from Big 12 media day:

Leach certainly is the kind of offensive mind that fans would love to see here. And he’s interesting. The money would be the biggest detriment — but it is a big detriment. Anyway, now that I’ve completely muddled the picture even more, I’ll step aside and let the speculation continue.

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21 thoughts on “The next Louisville coach

  1. I disagree about Leach being able to sell the program. I think from his very first press conference he would have fans excited and interested. He's an interesting guy with exciting football teams. What's not to buy?Also, are those really the 11 herbs?

  2. What are you talking about? Didn't you see the article yesterday? Kragthorpe says he's going to stay.Or are you talking about Ralph Willard?

  3. Harv, I agree with you as far as Leach exciting the fan base. But if you're looking for a guy who is going to show up and hang out with boosters and shake hands and raise large amounts of money, I don't know if Leach is that guy.He'll build an exciting team. And maybe that's enough. I'm just pointing out that there's another side of things.Some of those things, admittedly, are things fans don't care much about, and maybe they shouldn't. But they are important, especially if your program is not among the big-time revenue producers.

  4. Why would Leach leave one of the top conferences in America, to go to a lesser program in a lesser conference? The only reason would be that he thinks he isn't good enough to consistently compete inthe Big XII.

  5. Boosters are fans too. :)I'd guess that if Leach(or Satan himself) puts an exciting, Winning team on the field people will be lining up to shake his hand with greasy green palms.

  6. Eric's got a point. Leach is what we're looking for, but not who we're looking for. We need a warmer personality to go along with the face of the program a la Brian Kelly type. I know Eric and others have mentioned Butch Jones or Jim Harbaugh. I like Jones, but I don't think there is a snowball's chance in hell Harbaugh flies the coop after just breaking through…in face, I wouldn't want it for his sake. And we can definitely kiss goodbye to the idea of getting Kelly. That would first off be terribly unsportsman-like even if it were actually possible, and secondly, terrible karma. Look at what happened to the programs that have taken coaches from us…Oklahoma went to hell after taking Schnellenberger, Mich St. fell to pieces with John L, and Atlanta, well, I don't need to go there, and then US, after we snatched up Krags right after he'd signed a contract extension. So, hopefully, we don't hurt any programs in our recruiting search. I think the only way to do that is to take an OC or DC. And the two that have my vote are Gus Malzahn and Charlie Strong. It would be lovely to get 'em both and make them Co-Head Coaches. Ah, alas, only in our dreams. Let's get Malzahn and start building. Jones or Strong after that. Cheers, and good day.PS: Eric, ever done any research into the karma factor of taking coaches from smaller programs….seems to me, when it happens, the smaller program ends up excelling, and the pilfering program seems to flounder a la Rich Rod at Michigan. Any thoughts? We gonna get Tobias tomorrow night? Cheers to you, sir.

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