Leach out as possible Arkansas coach
FAYETTEVILLE - Add Washington State’s Mike Leach to those deemed candidates for the vacant Arkansas head football coaching job who plan to stay at the schools employing them.
Washington State has agreed to extend Leach’s $4 million per annual contract through 2024, it was announced Thursday in Pullman, Washington.
Earlier this week Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell and Iowa State agreed to a contract extension through 2025.
Campbell also was believed to be high on Arkansas Athletic
Ddirector Hunter Yurachek’s head-coaching candidate radar.
Florida Atlantic University Coach Lane Kiffin, reportedly interviewed by Yurachek, is believed to be the leading candidate for the Arkansas job but for now concentrates on readying FAU for its Conference USA championship game Saturday against Alabamabirmingham.
Memphis Coach Mike Norvell and Appalachian State Coach Eli Drinkwitz, also considered Arkansas possibilities, also coach their teams in conference championship games Saturday.
SEC schools Ole Miss and Missouri, plus Florida
State of the ACC could be considering the same coaches for their headcoaching vacancies that Arkansas is believed to be considering.
Chad Morris, 2-10 overall, 0-8 in the SEC in his Razorbacks debut was fired Nov. 10 games into this season at 2-8, 0-6.
As interim head coach, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. coached the final two games, SEC losses at AP nationally No. 1 LSU and against Missouri, and remains the interim coach trying to hold recruiting commitments and keeping the players together going into this month’s semester closing final exams.
Arkansas students hold up a sign in support of the hiring of Lane Kiffin this past Tuesday during an Arkansas Razorbacks game at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Kiffin is the front-runner for the Arkansas football coaching vacancy.