Mike Leach officially named new football coach at WSU


by AP / KREM.com


Posted on November 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 1 at 9:37 AM

PULLMAN, Wash.— Mike Leach has reached an agreement to become the new football coach at Washington State University.

Washington State University announced Wednesday that Mike Leach has been named the Cougars’ head football coach. Leach, who agreed in principle to a five-year contract, will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, December 6th at 12pm in Pullman.

Click here to read the full press release from WSU.

Leach posted an 84-43 record at Texas Tech, taking the Red Raiders to nine bowl appearances in 10 seasons. He was fired in 2009 over an incident in which a player with a concussion was made to stand in a shed during practice. Leach has since filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, but it's still going through the appeals process.

Wulff was fired by WSU on Tuesday after winning just nine games in four seasons with the Cougars.

WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos says he wanted to double the salary of Wulff to get a major coach to take the job.  Sources say Leach will be the third highest paid coach in the Pac-12, and KREM 2 wanted to see what the other Pac-12 coaches are currently making.

KREM 2 crews looked at USA Today’s list of coaches’ total pay.  University of Southern California doesn’t release salaries because they are a private school, but reports say head coach Lane Kiffin makes about $4 million dollars a year.

Chip Kelly at Oregon makes $2.8 million dollars and Jeff Tedford at Cal makes $2.3 million dollars.

If Leach is third, he would be somewhere between Kelly and Tedford.  This would put Leach in front of the University of Washington’s Steve Sarkisian.

Bill Moos hinted that he needed to write a big check to the new coach when asked about it Tuesday.

Many people are now discussing on Facebook and Twitter where WSU got all this extra money for a new coach.  The Pac-12 just signed a huge new television football deal which tripled the conference’s revenue, and WSU got a fair share of that money. Moos says the television deal will bring an extra $19 million dollars to WSU.

The rest of the money comes from ticket sales and donations.  No taxpayer money is used to pay the WSU coach.  In addition to paying Leach, some of the money will go to fund improvement at WSU’s Martin Stadium.