Washington State head coach Mike Leach joins the podcast to discuss the Cougars starting fall training camp, new head coaches in the PAC-12, his book Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior, having a swing your sword coaching philosophy, and having a 64-team playoff format in college football.
Leach also discussed having contact with Tennessee during UT’s head coaching search.
“It’s a great program and obviously great people in Tennessee and boats on the river is definitely a captivating visual,” Leach told Vols Wire. “But college football is a business and so you talk to people that want to talk to you.”
Leach is happy where he is at as he continues to build the Washington State program.
“The thing is, I am very happy here at Washington State,” he said. “We have a great program and great things going on and when that thing happened (talking to Tennessee) we didn’t have an athletics director and I was still waiting to get my contract renewed.
“Tennessee is a great program and it wasn’t some leverage thing, I wanted to hear what they had to say. The other thing is – the opportunity to stay here and keep building it and all the rest, that’s an honor.”
If Leach were to have taken the Tennessee job, he would have been back coaching in the SEC. He served as offensive coordinator under Hal Mumme at Kentucky from 1997-98.
Leach feels confident that his offense would have worked in the SEC at Tennessee.
“It’s indisputable it could,” he said. “There are great defensive players in the SEC, but there are also great offensive players. It’s not like all of a sudden you don’t have any offensive players.
“When we were in the SEC, we had the No. 1 offense in the SEC. It’s indisputable it would work.”
The entire interview with Mike Leach can be played below.