|Harrell reverses self, says Leach likely to stay|
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|Tuesday, 09 December 2008 12:23|
Harrell, who last week said there was a ``great chance'' Leach would leave the Red Raiders, reversed his opinion Tuesday because his coach didn't fill the vacancy at Washington.
``I really thought a few weeks ago he might go,'' Harrell said in a brief interview with the AP. ``I thought the Washington job would be a great job for him. He loves the West Coast. He likes the Pac-10 conference.
``When he didn't take that one, I figured, I think he'll be back.''
Leach met with Washington officials, but USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was hired to replace Tyrone Willingham.
Leach has been offered a five-year contract extension and what athletic director Gerald Myers called a ``substantial'' raise by the university.
Leach has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Tommy Tuberville at Auburn.
``They're going to have to pay him a lot of money, as anyone will at this point,'' Harrell said of Leach, just because he's done such a great job. And he deserves what he's going to get.
more with less than anyone in the country. He can't go hand-choose his recruits like the USCs, the Oklahomas and the Texases. He has to really work at recruiting, get some less-talented players and develop them.''
Leach is 76-38 in nine seasons with Texas Tech and his offenses have set numerous passing records. The Red Raiders (11-1) matched a school record for victories this season.
Harrell was in New York for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards banquet. The record-breaking passer and Heisman Trophy contender was one of 15 finalists for the Draddy Trophy, which goes to the nation's top scholar-athlete.