College Football: Will Mike Leach be the New Coach At Louisville?

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College Football: Will Mike Leach be the New Coach At Louisville?

Mike Leach to Louisville?


And so rains down the chorus of sound from the knowledgeable and informed fans of college football.

But stranger things have happened.

At this point the decision appears to be whether to bring former quarterback Jeff Brohm home or to go after a well-established coach with outstanding credentials.

Rumors were flying two weeks ago concerning the certainty of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach coming to the city known for athletes of the four-legged variety.

That was before failed coach Steve Kragthorpe of the Cardinals was released to land softly on an over four million dollar exit package.

Louisville AD Tom Jurich has been acknowledged as a fine business person who knows how to operate a sports program to insure maximum return on investment.

But it was Jurich that set the table for the Cardinal disaster by requiring incoming coach Kragthorpe to retain a number of assistants from Bobby Petrino's staff. Rarely is this move anything but a recipe for trouble.

Coach Kragthorpe was asked to leave after going 15-21 in his three years at the helm. The death knell was the over 20 percent drop in home attendance in 2009 from Petrino's final season of 2006.

No less an honorable man than Coach Ken Hatfield explained after being forced out at Clemson in 1993 despite going 32-13 in four seasons, "If home attendance drops 10 percent, you better pack your bags."

Steve Kragthorpe is a good person, he left with his dignity intact, and the millions did not hurt one bit either.

Jurich was responsible for easing out legendary Cardinal basketball coach Denny Crum and bringing in the flamboyant Rick Pitino.

Likewise, he had to feel burned when former football coaches John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino exited before he was prepared to let them go.

So what will it be Tom? Another flamboyant genius coach or a simple call to an alumnus to "come home to Mama?"

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