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Mike Leach, N.C. State report arrives after Tom O'Brien fired

Mike Leach's name has hit the coaching carousel, as usual.

Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Update: Pete Roussel strongly denies the report. FootballScoop has strongly retorted to said denial.

Update 2: Mike Leach denies.

N.C. State fired Tom O'Brien on Sunday, with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton appearing as the first three names widely mentioned. But the Wolfpack would be aiming even higher if one report is accurate:

There's no specific reason to believe Leach would ditch Washington State one year after it gave him his return to coaching (Coug Center says a move would feel "premature"). Since his hiatus after his very successful run at Texas Tech, Leach's Cougars endured a troubled season and emerged with an Apple Cup victory -- would he really want to go through the whole program-setup phase all over again?

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I can certainly imagine N.C. State could be interested in Leach. He'd also fit, sort of, with the other three candidates being named. But it's not easy to envision him leaving Wazzu after one season for a middling ACC job, right?

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