PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University has introduced Mike Leach as its new head football coach.
Leach arrived in Pullman just after 8 a.m. Tuesday and spoke to fans and reporters at a noon press conference inside the student union building. About 1,000 fans, football players, the marching band and cheerleaders were there to greet him.
“I only wanted one man,” said WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos moments before introducing Leach and presenting him with a Cougar No. 1 jersey.
Leach will fly to Seattle to meet the media there Tuesday evening.
Leach replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired last week after four losing seasons. Leach took Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 seasons before he was fired in 2009 in a controversy involving a player with a concussion.
He will make $2.25 million per year in salary and other guaranteed income. His contract also includes bonus payments for things such as winning the Pac-12 championship or going to a BCS bowl that could push his pay over $3 million. That includes $25,000 for winning the Apple Cup
A blog called Pirates of the Palouse was launched for WSU fans excited for Leach's arrival. Leach has a known fascination with pirates.