WSU Notebook: Miami passed on Leach, twice

HOW DIFFERENT might have things have been at Washington State the past four seasons had Miami pulled the trigger on Mike Leach back in 2010? Or, for that matter, in 2006?

Leach tried unsuccessfully to get an interview with Miami in 2010 when he was out of coaching and living in Key West, according to the Palm Beach Post.  Miami instead hired Al Golden.  Leach did get an interview with Miami in 2006 while with Texas Tech but Miami went with Randy Shannon. Golden was fired after eight games this season, his fifth at Miami.  Shannon was fired after four seasons.

In other Sun Bowl-related news:

  • The latest check shows Washington State as a 2 1/2 point favorite in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 26, 11 a.m., CBS).
  • As reported in yesterday’s notebook, the deadline for CAF members and season ticket holders to purchase tickets assigned by CAF ranking is today at 6 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased by logging into your CAF account or calling 1-800-GO-COUGS.  Sun Bowl tickets go on sale to general public Wednesday at 9 a.m.  Sun Bowl Stadium holds 50,426. 
  • The WSU Alumni Association has put together travel packages HERE. The Seattle Times reported the Association needs to have 135 reservations by Wednesday at 5 p.m. or the charter plane will be canceled.
  • Cougar fans who can’t go to El Paso but still want to help out can donate a ticket to the military. Head here and type in the promo code HONOR
  • Sophomore Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya played his high school football at Chaminade in West Hills, Calif.  He was rated four stars and the 18th best quarterback nationally in the 2014 class by Termed a pro-style quarterback with a big arm, he signed with Miami over offers from UCLA and USC in the Pac-12. Leach didn’t offer him, opting for Fort Lauderdale’s Peyton Bender.
  • Miami’s new coach, Mark Richt, won’t take over until after the Sun Bowl and is spending his days concentrating on recruiting.  UM interim head coach Larry Scott told media he doesn’t know if he’ll be retained by Richt.
  • Richt, fired at Georgia after 15 seasons, told WQAM radio if a Georgia verbal commit wants to flip to Miami “we’ll work that out.” Georgia’s star recruit of the class is Lake Stevens QB Jacob Eason, whom Mike Leach met with last week on an in-home visit.
  • Miami WR Stacy Coley, a junior, is one of at least four Hurricanes underclassmen who are considering leaving early for the NFL, according to the Post. It is expected junior cornerback Artie Burns, the ACC leader in interceptions with six, will turn pro after the Sun Bowl. Junior cornerback Corn Elder and third-year sophomore linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad could also declare early for the draft.
  • Miami players and fans were said to be coveting the Pinstripe Bowl. Senior linebacker Tyriq McCord tweeted this out after Miami accepted an invite to the Sun:

  • A team from the state of Florida has never won the Sun Bowl.  Miami, FSU, Florida and Southern Florida are a combined 0-5 in the Sun (Miami lost 33-17 to Notre Dame in the 2010 Sun Bowl).
  • The Sun Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl all debuted on Jan. 1, 1935. Only the Rose Bowl, first played in 1902, has been in existence longer.

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