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Tennessee Has to Hire Mike Leach

Thursday was another crazy day on Rocky Top, but just when you thought it could not get any weirder, Mike Leach turned into a real coaching candidate for the Vols.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that John Currie met with Mike Leach Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, and they talked face to face for a couple of hours.  It has just been confirmed that Tennessee offered Leach the job, and we should know by Friday morning if he is moving to Knoxville or staying in Pullman.

Earlier in the week, there were multiple reports that Tennessee wanted to stay away from Leach because of his lawsuit with his former school, Texas Tech.  It looks like desperate times call for desperate measures, and Tennessee might be ready to look past the lawsuit to finally end this disaster of a coaching search.  

Leach is one of the best offensive coaches in the country, and has completely turned the Washington State program around.  The Cougars came up one game short of winning the PAC 12 North this season, but he still has the boys from Pullman inside the top 20.  

Vol fans will love Mike Leach’s quirkiness on the sidelines and at press conferences, but they will love his offense even more.  The Cougars have the third most passing yards per game in the FBS with 375, and starting quarterback Luke Falk has 3,593 passing yards in 2017.  The backup quarterback has 904 yards through the air himself, so the Cougs have a total of 4,497 passing yards this season.  

Between the two quarterbacks, Washington State has thrown the ball 663 times just this season.  Tennessee only passed the ball 319 times for 2,084 yards.  This high-powered passing attack would be a breath of fresh air for the Tennessee faithful.  

Coach Leach’s biggest problem is the defensive side of the ball.  In order to have success in the SEC, he must bring in a solid defensive coordinator.  Washington State gave up more than 30 points 5 different times this season, including giving up 44 to Boise State early in the season and 41 to Washington last week.

I do not understand how in the world Tennessee had to get turned down by Dave Doeren and Greg Schiano before even talking to Leach.  Mike Leach could save the Tennessee program, but nobody should praise Currie for landing him.  If Leach moves to Knoxville, you can thank the Tennessee fans for making it happen.     

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