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.