Posted by Tom Fornelli
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo resigned a couple of weeks ago, and the school named Mark Hutson as its interim head coach, but it sounds like Tulane has some big plans for finding a permanent successor. The Green Wave are looking to make a splash as two of the names that have come up as candidates for the job are none other than Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez.
According to Scott Kushner, Rodriguez is one of the top candidates for the job and Leach is expected to meet with the school to discuss the job in the next two weeks as well.
As for what the odds are that Tulane could land either candidate, I'm not exactly sure. Rodriguez did spend two seasons at Tulane as offensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998 before moving on to take the same position at Clemson. Would Rodriguez, who currently serves as an analyst for CBS Sports, want to take a head coaching job at a school in Conference USA that's only won 86 games in the last 20 years after having such high profile gigs at West Virginia and Michigan?
As for Leach, I think he'd be more likely to accept the job. It's well known that he'd like to get back into coaching and with his current lawsuit against Texas Tech, it's hard to believe a big school would be willing to bring him on board right now. Tulane, on the other hand, might be a perfect fit.
It could be a perfect place for Leach to showcase his abilities to build a program and possibly use it as a springboard to a bigger job elsewhere.
Personally I don't like Tulane's odds to land either Rodriguez or Leach, but I've been wrong plenty of times before.