PULLMAN – Nearly a month later, Mike Leach’s name is still floating through the college football coaching rumor mill.
The Washington State coach has interviewed for the vacant coaching position at Mississippi State, according to a report from radio host Paul Finebaum Tuesday afternoon.
Bo Bounds of the “Out of Bounds” radio show told the popular SEC reporter on the “Paul Finebaum Show” that Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen traveled to Key West, Florida, to interview Leach for the job.
Leach has a vacation home in Florida and often travels to the Florida Keys during the Cougars’ offseason.
Mississippi State recently fired coach Joe Moorhead on the heels of a 6-7 season that saw the Bulldogs lose 38-28 to Louisville in the Music City Bowl. Moorhead, who took the job at MSU at the end of the 2017 season when Dan Mullen was hired by Florida, went 14-12 during his two seasons in Starkville.
WSU fans had a scare a few days after the regular season ended when a fake Twitter account posted a photoshopped graphic indicating Leach had accepted the open position at Ole Miss. The post was quickly reported as false and the Rebels eventually hired Lane Kiffin.
Leach’s name was also thrown around during Arkansas’ coaching search, though those rumors were put to rest when the Razorbacks hired Sam Pittman. The WSU coach, set to begin his ninth season with the Cougars, was also considered a potential candidate at Florida State and Missouri, but neither program seemed to show legitimate interest in Leach with the Tigers hiring Eliah Drinkwitz and the Seminoles going with Mike Norvell.
Before WSU’s appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl, Leach and the Cougars agreed to a contract extension to keep the coach in Pullman through 2024.