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NCAA Football: Montana State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday’s Rebel Grove podcast, Neal McCready and Chase Parham brought up the topic of Mike Leach and why he isn’t talked about more in coaching circles.

So let’s learn about our man, Mike, shall we? Maybe we can figure out why he isn’t a name that is thrown in the proverbial hat.

The California native is originally from Wyoming, graduated from BYU at the height of their dominance under the late, great Lavell Edwards, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine. And, interestingly enough, he is also one of four current head coaches in Division I who are not former players.

Other than being known for his love of pirates and Flora-Bama, he is also a pretty good football coach. His career record sits at 118-77 currently and he has won at two places that are very, very hard to win at: Texas Tech and Washington State. He is widely respected for his knowledge of the Air Raid offense, developing quarterbacks, and being able to ad lib a press conference better than anyone. He has one division title (2008) and has been named conference coach of the year twice (2008 and 2015). But, despite all this, he is never really considered for any high-profile, Power 5 head coaching jobs.

Assuming the Rebel Black Bears don’t win out and hire Matt Luke full-time, do you consider current Washington State head coach Mike Leach a legitimate candidate for the vacancy?