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Illinois, Kansas, UAB and Memphis got rid of their coaches on Sunday.

In addition, Arizona State was working on a deal to let go of Dennis Erickson and it was also reported that Washington State was going oust Paul Wulff and UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel would be fired after the Bruins play in Pac-12 championship game.

The first name that comes up for almost every job these days is former Texas Tech coach turned author, Mike Leach. He has been keeping busy with a satellite radio show and pushing his book, “Swing Your Sword,” but he wants to coach again as soon as possible.

It’s just a question of which athletic director will look past his messy departure from Texas Tech and the pending lawsuit he has filed against the school.

With an 84-43 record in 10 years at Texas Tech, there’s no questioning his credentials.



If you’re in the anti-rematch crowd here’s the results you should root for on championship Saturday:

No. 3 Oklahoma State pummels No. 13 Oklahoma in Stillwater and Georgia does the same to LSU.

Then maybe the Cowboys would jump past LSU and into the national championship game.


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