The last 36 hours or so for Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars have been wild.
On Thursday night, it was reported that Leach met with Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie and agreed to become the next head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers and that it could be announced Friday. It was also reported that the Cougs would promote Alex Grinch from defensive coordinator to head coach and that Leach had grown frustrated with the pace of WSU's AD search. Leach was also offered an extension and a raise:
Leach updates:— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) December 1, 2017
1) WSU offered Leach an extension and raise before UT entered picture
2) If Leach goes, the athletic department will make Alex Grinch the primary target
3) Leach has grown frustrated by the lack of communication about the AD search processhttps://t.co/5KD7JnLqnd
But those plans went out the window once it was announced that Currie had been fired by the time the west coast sat down for breakfast.
Just filed to ESPN: Tennessee has parted ways with AD John Currie on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search. He met with university officials on Friday morning, and the decision was made then.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 1, 2017
So right now, Leach is still the head coach at Washington State and Tennessee....well who the heck knows what the Volunteers are going to do with Philip Fulmer supposedly in charge.
But for the Cougs, things could still get interesting, because Leach is clearly willing to leave and intended to do so until Tennessee continued to be Tennessee.
Leach may have legitimate beefs with WSU or it could be Leach's ego rearing its head. Either way, things could be awkward in the Football Operations Building and throughout the athletic department as we approach the team's bowl announcement.
There are some that pondered whether the Currie-Leach meeting was actually Leach interviewing Currie. After all, Currie was the AD at Kansas State when Kirk Schulz was president there. But that theory goes out the window if Leach had agreed to be the Tennessee head coach.
Who knows what will happen. There's always the Arkansas factor, as well as some other jobs that will inevitably come open as the coaching carousel continues to rotate.
Strap in Coug fans, because who knows what's next.
The Mike Leach-to-Tennessee rumor tracker - SBNation.com
The pirate might be headed to the south.
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For the second straight season, your Washington State volleyball team is headed to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougs beat the Florida State Seminoles in Lincoln, Neb. 3-1. The Cougs play fifth-seeded Nebraska tonight at 5 p.m. PST. You know, Nebraska: the school with that one athletic director that we used to have.
WSU Volleyball Captures NCAA First Round Victory| Washington State University Athletics
WSU beats Florida State three sets to one.
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Cougs pull away in the fourth quarter for the win.