Tech: Top Recruit Wavers; Briles Buyout Problem

As the dust settles on Mike Leach’s ouster at Texas Tech, school Athletic Director Gerald Myers will now move as quickly as possible to fill the head football coach vacancy at the school.

Kadron Boone Likely To De-Commit To Texas Tech

(Tech’s top recruit Kadron Boone, Coaching Candidate Art Briles)

The three top names for the Tech job are: Art Briles, Sonny Dykes and Kevin Sumlin.

The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that Sumlin has not yet been contacted by Tech:

UH athletic director Mack Rhoades said Wednesday night that Tech has not asked for permission to speak with Sumlin, whose Cougars play Air Force in today’s Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth.

The ASSOCIATED PRESS has some postgame Tech-related comments from Dykes, who was the offensive coordinator for Arizona in the Wildcats 33-0 loss(!) to Nebraska last night:

Another possible candidate, Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, said late Wednesday that he has not talked to Tech about the job, and has no idea whether he will be contacted in the near future.

“I don’t know anything about that,” he said after Nebraska beat UA 33-0 in the Holiday Bowl. “I haven’t thought about it once. I’ve been completely focused on this game. So we’ll see.”

The AP also noted this about Briles today:

Briles was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but a source said he hasn’t been officially contacted by Texas Tech.

Two college football sources and one media source tell me this morning that an attempt to contact Briles will be made as soon as today. I’ve also learned that Briles’ buyout with Baylor, reported to be between $3-4M, could be a stumbling block in getting a deal done.

In a related story, the top current commit in the Red Raiders recruiting class, Florida high school receiver Kadron Boone, sounds like he may de-commit from the school.

The talented receiver had been listening to the pitch of regional programs of late, but remained committed to the Red Raiders. With the news, expect Boone to reopen his recruitment.

“I’ve been talking to schools just in case something like this happened because you never know what is going to happen,” Boone said. “I’ve been staying in contact with LSU, Cincinnati, Louisville, Florida, Miami and West Virginia. All I can do is take this in, get home or talk to may parents tonight and get their reaction and go from there. The only thing I can do is sit back, talk to the Tech coaches and talk to my parents.”

The timing of a Leach lawsuit against the school could also affect recruiting, depending on details of the case. But Tech may move to settle with its former coach as quickly as possible to mitigate damage done to recruiting and the program in general.

Knowing the legendarily obstinate Leach, who also has a law degree himself, good luck with that.