Report: WSU's Leach could be candidate for Texas Tech coaching job

FILE - in this Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Washington State coach Mike Leach watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Could WSU football head coach Mike Leach be making a return to Texas Tech? A report in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal indicates it's at least a possibility.

Two sources have told a writer for the paper that Leach is interested in the Texas Tech job, which just opened Sunday after coach Kliff Kingsbury's dismissal, and that one of the two sources said a large contingent of donors will lobby the university's athletic director to make it happen.

“The people who are supporting him, it’s not just one or two,” the source told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “It’s like a hoard of people and maybe eight or 10 that are like million-dollar-plus donors. It’s some serious folks.”

But Leach denied he's interested, according to

"Why would I leave here?" Leach told Dennis Dodd with CBS Sports. "I will believe it when I see it," he added about reported interest from the Red Raiders, according to the report.

A second source in the Lubbock A-J story said hiring Leach could cause too much controversy and might lead them to a different path.

Leach coached the Red Raiders between 2000 and 2009 and compiled an 84-43 record. He was fired for alleged mistreatment of a player and has fought the university in court over monetary payouts since.

Leach has led WSU to a 10-2 record this year and has a 45-40 overall record since taking over the helm in 2012. He has a 1-3 bowl record but some bowl projections have the Cougars selected for a New Year's Six Bowl Game this year. Final bowl selections will be made next week.

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