I read an article online (I'll see if I'm sufficiently motivated to find a link before I post this) where the writer covered "possible candidates" for the Kansas coaching opening.
Two of them were Mike Leach and Jim Leavitt. They are both good coaches, but I find this particularly laughable for a couple reasons. First of all, Leach is going to get more money to coach somewhere a little more high profile, like ASU. Second of all, BOTH of these guys had high profile player "abuse" cases that got them fired. So, let me get this straight - you fired Mark Mangino, probably your best coach ever who coached your school's best season ever (albeit against a schedule full of cupcakes - no Texas, no Oklahoma and you got beat by Missouri) because he hurt some players feelings and poked a kid in the chest on TV... and NO ONE outside of Lawrence, Kansas knew or cared about it... and now you are going to try to hire one of two guys who had big ESPN storylines for mistreating players. Now, for the record, I think the Leach thing was a railroad job, but the fact remains you look a bit hypocritical if you try to hire Leach when you ran off Mangino for the same thing.
Let's face it: KU is a basketball school and always will be. It's the Duke of the Big 12. You are not, will not, and never have been good at football outside of a few outlier seasons. Any coach you can get that's any good will move on to bigger and better things (Glen Mason) because you have an unrealistic view of your own worth. I will give Kansas one bit of credit, they don't think as much of themselves as Maryland does (firing a Maryland alum after a 9-4 year to go 2-10 with a new coach), but if you think you have any chance of landing most of the people you are targeting, you are dreaming. There are too many better openings. You have a chance of landing a hot assistant coach because they desperately want to be a head coach, but that's it. In fact, among the current FBS openings, I would say Kansas probably ranks alongside Washington State as a BCS conference job that no one really wants unless they are desperate. Shock me, Kansas. I won't hold my breath for that Leach press conference.
And Leach just signed with WSU for 5 years.
Which of these candidates does Kansas have NO chance of hiring? These are all names I have seen bandied about in various articles covering the Kansas coaching search.
Mike Leach, former head coach, Texas Tech (13 votes)
Tim Beckman, head coach, Toledo (1 vote)
Jim Leavitt, former head coach, South Florida (2 votes)
Dave Christensen, head coach, Wyoming (14 votes)
Sonny Dykes, head coach, Louisiana Tech (1 vote)
A member of the Stoops family (2 votes)
Carl Pelini, defensive coordinator, Nebraska (5 votes)
Brent Venables, defensive coordinator, Oklahoma (6 votes)
Kevin Sumlin, head coach, Houston (0 votes)
Larry Fedora, Southern Miss (3 votes)
47 total votes