NBC Sports is reporting that Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at the University of tennessee. This piece of news was just posted on Twitter by sports analyst Newy Scruggs, who states the information has been reported to the Dallas-Fort Worth branch of the company.

There had been a lot of rumors about Leach possibly getting courted by Tennessee, but it seemed to take a backseat when other coaches were extended offers by the university. A lot of drama has surrounded the entire situation of their coaching search and this will add some new spice to the situation, especially if these early reports are confirmed.

This is a piece of news that fans of the Washington State Cougars won’t want to hear, especially as the school comes off a very tough loss to the Washington Huskies at the 2017 Apple Cup. Leach has helped steer the football program back to respectability and the team will soon be receiving another bowl invite over the weekend.

Leach has not addressed the rumors

There has been no word yet from Mike Leach or WSU in regard to these newest rumors, most-likely because they came out at roughly 7:42 PM PT. It’s something that is going to be hotly debated through the night, with the expectation that something will take place on Friday (Dec. 1). With potential finance issues at the university, it could give Leach an incentive to look to another coaching location.

It's also possible that Tennessee could give him a huge pay raise.

In the quick report by Newy Scruggs, he stated that an announcement of a deal between Leech and Tennessee could take place as soon as Friday morning. That would certainly be unwelcome news at Washington State University, as the school has rallied around Mike Leach as the coach.

Losing him would be a big hit to the program. Just as the school begins really finding a lot of success with Leach at the helm, this could be another difficult period for the university and the recruiting process for the football program.

Another successful season at WSU

When WSU beat Utah in early November, it gave the school a shot to win the Pac-12 North and make the conference championship game.

WSU came up short against UW, but still has a 9-3 record that will net the school another bowl game. When WSU beat USC earlier in the season, it put the football program on the right track to play in the postseason again, but many fans have still been disappointed by the lack of an Apple Cup victory. Losing Mike Leach could be equally disappointing.