That sound you hear is that of the pirate, ensconced in his Key West lair as he plots his return to pillage the college ranks. Unfortunately for him, his attempts have been stymied as of late.
Last fall I wrote of ten programs that could take on the services of Mike Leach in 2011, given the shaky status of their current captains. Several have, indeed, cast away their coaches on to the shores of Loser Island.
Indiana, Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Maryland have all gotten new leadership as of late, but have spurned the services of Leach. Maryland, in particular, was close to getting the swashbuckler on board but instead decided instead to raid UConn for Randy Edsall.
So much for bold moves.
Some other coaches walking a short plank have managed to coax themselves back on board via decent seasons, including the helmsmen at UTEP, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Louisville.
So, now that his hat and eye patch are definitely back in the ring, might Leach end up in 2011. Let’s take a look at ten possibilities.