Tumultuous coaching search leads to AD John Currie's dismissal

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However, Staples reports "someone at Tennessee-sources close to the negotiation will not say who-was displeased with Currie's courtship of Leach".

Currie was in Los Angeles Thursday, reportedly interviewing Leach, and Leach flew back to Pullman, Washington, when it was done. That list includes Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, Duke coach David Cutcliffe, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and recently-fired Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

Tennessee will hire Mike Leach as their new coach of Volunteers football. Florida State also needs a win on Saturday and in a bowl game to avoid its first losing season since 1976. And according to Newy Scruggs, an NBC Sports radio host, Leach is "working on a deal" to become the next head coach at Tennessee.

The coaching search has taken a number of twists and turns, with passionate fans weighing in at every step of the way as new stories and rumors broke, and others were flat-out denied. The meeting reportedly lasted approximately eight to 10 minutes.

In a text message to the AP early Friday, Leach said: "Nothing to report".

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Since he was sacked, Tennessee has had five losing seasons and has not won more than nine games.

Asked about the rumor, and if he expected to be back at WSU next season, Leach said, "Yeah, I do". I have a limited knowledge of the internet, which is pretty clear.

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And to think it was less than a year ago that Currie's hiring was lauded as a "great call", "great hire", "the smart thing" and "a very good get". The Cougars were 9-3 this season and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country. Under the third-year DC, the Cougars have made significant strides and are now ranked 15th in the FBS, allowing 313.6 yards per game.

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