CFB Insider Thinks A Top Head Coach Could Switch Teams This Off-Season

first_imgA general view of Georgia Tech's football field.ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Right now, it is hard to find two more different programs than Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, and Georgia Tech under Paul Johnson.Leach is one of the most well-known progenitors of the spread offense, and used it to turn around one of the toughest Power Five jobs. Johnson spreads people out a bit too, but does it in order to run a unique triple option attack.Wazzu is out in The Palouse, and is a real outpost in the Northwest. Georgia Tech is in Atlanta proper, a great college football city surrounded by fertile recruiting grounds.Johnson’s found plenty of success at Georgia Tech, with a 79-58 record going back to 2008. That includes a conference title, three more division titles, and a pair of Orange Bowl trips.Things have started swinging pretty wildly for the Yellow Jackets, though. Coming off of a 2014 Orange Bowl trip, the team went 3-9, rebounded to win nine games, but finished 5-6 last season and are off to a 3-4 start this year. Throw in Johnson’s bristly personality, and it wouldn’t be surprising for the two sides to part.Yahoo Sports‘ Pete Thamel wrote a piece outlining the various Power Five coaches who could be fired after the year. Johnson was on the list.Tech is trending toward another losing season at 3-4, and there’s little juice in the program. Paul Johnson has had a great run there, as he’s 79-58 over 11 seasons. But with Georgia’s program building into a rocket ship and Tech failing to exploit a vulnerable ACC, Johnson’s run feels like it’s trending toward the end.Athletic director Todd Stansbury has been back on campus since 2016, and there’s an increasing feeling that he’s anxious to get football more nationally relevant. Johnson is 61, which makes retirement a possibility. His buyout is also structured to be paid per season, which makes this reasonable for Georgia Tech.Prediction: There’s a strong feeling in the industry that this opens, as Johnson’s program has gone stale.Thamel named two possible replacements for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, including Mike Leach.Leach and Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield were pegged as options.In terms of personality, what you get in Johnson, you’re getting a different brand of in Leach. He is a bit more forthcoming, but also more prone to controversial statements when he starts to drift from football.Leach would completely overhaul the offense,a dn could better tap into the talent available around Georgia Tech. He turned Texas Tech into a consistent high-performer in the Big 12 before his controversial firing there.It wouldn’t be terribly surprising for him to leave Washington State either. The Cougars are currently in line to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference title game, after knocking off Oregon last week, but he was reportedly ready to take the Tennessee job if offered last year. Athletic director Bill Moos, who brought Leach to Wazzu, is now at Nebraska.If Washington State continues to thrive this year, maybe he decides to stay, but it does seem like Leach can be had for the right opportunity.[Yahoo Sports]last_img

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