Mike Leach has heard "nothing in particular, just murmuring," about whether he'll be considered for the Arizona Wildcats' vacant head coaching job. But the former Texas Tech coach said today that the UA position is an attractive one.
"Anybody would be interested in that job," Leach said.
"They have an idea of what they're looking for, an idea of the direction of where they're going. If I somehow fit in there, maybe there'll be some dialog; if I don't, I'm sure they'll select a good individual for the position."
Leach spoke at news conference this morning held to promote the first Casino del Sol College All-Star Game. The Jan. 16 game will be held at Kino Stadium, and feature college seniors from throughout the country. Leach will speak to UA law students this afternoon on campus, then sign his book, "Swing Your Sword", at a Tucson-area bookstore tonight at 7 p.m.
The UA is looking to replace Mike Stoops, who was fired Oct. 10 after 7 ½ seasons as the Wildcats' coach. Athletic director Greg Byrne has not commented about potential replacements, and has vowed not to talk about the search until Stoops' successor is introduced. Leach went 84-43 in 10 seasons at Texas Tech; he was fired following the 2009 season in the wake of a scandal involving the son of television analyst Craig James. Leach has since sued the university for wrongful termination.
Leach said today that he's enjoyed his time away from coaching, "but I do plan to get back on the sidelines, and I look forward to when and where's the right opportunity."
Read more in tomorrow's Arizona Daily Star.