Mike Leach not sure why he didn't land Maryland job

Former Texas Tech coach didn't hear from Terps officials after second interview last month

January 03, 2011|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach said Monday that he felt optimistic following his second interview for the Maryland job and that he can't guess why the school did not hire him.

Leach said Monday afternoon that he had not heard anything from Maryland since leaving College Park. His interview — it was his second with representatives of the school — ended last Thursday and Maryland hired Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, who was introduced to the media on Monday.

"I don't really have much comment on the process or any of that. I think Maryland is a good job and I think my record speaks for itself over 10 years. Clearly no one's got a graduation [rate] that even approaches 80 percent, which is what we had at Tech," Leach said.

Leach was interviewed by The Baltimore Sun on his Sirius XM radio show.

Leach has been out of coaching since his firing by Texas Tech at the end of 2009.

His interview last week was conducted by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, university president Wallace Loh and search committee members.

"When you get into a deal like this you don't know all the characters involved and what their motivations are and what they're looking for," Leach said. "It's kind of like there's a certain amount of mind-reading if you're guessing what exactly they're looking for. I've got 10 years that speak for itself. We won 85 games and lost about 40. Won more bowl games than in the rest of their history combined."

Leach was fired in 2009 after allegations he mistreated a player — Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James — by having him stand in a dark place after the player had suffered a concussion. He denied the claims and filed suit against the school over his firing and other issues.

Anderson was asked Monday about Leach's history. "The story conflicts whoever you talked with about it," Anderson said. "You hear what everybody said and there are a lot of conflicts. People that know Mike Leach say he is not that kind of person, and I believe that."

Maryland representatives flew to Florida to talk to Leach last month. Then he was invited to campus.

Asked if his campus interview had gone well, Leach said: "Yeah, I felt like it did. I haven't had any communication since. I can only guess what anybody may be thinking."

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