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Leach taking over at Washington State

Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 8:08 pm
 
    As we first reported, Mike Leach is taking over as the head coach at Washington State. Leach, who was offered the position late Tuesday afternoon, agreed to a five-year contract. Leach will travel to Washington on Monday and be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in Pullman.
 

"This is an exciting day for Washington State University and Cougar football," said Washington State athletic director Bill Moos. "I have spoken about the need to re-energize our fan base and take Cougar football to the next level. I believe the hiring of Mike Leach accomplishes both of those goals. His credentials speak for themselves." 
The 50-year-old Leach replaces Paul Wulff, who was dismissed Tuesday morning.  The hiring of Leach would seem to mesh with  Moos' comment earlier at the press conference where he announced Wullf's firing that he likes a "flashy, high-octane offense that lights up the scoreboard."


"First off I would like to express my appreciation to Paul Wulff for all his efforts and dedication to Washington State and wish him the best in the future," said Leach. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to work with Bill Moos, who is a legend in this business. To have the opportunity as a coach to work with someone like that is an experience few head coaches get. Along with Bill and Dr. Floyd, I'm excited about being a part of the future of Washington State.
 

"I have always admired the tradition of Washington State. It's a university on the move that is experiencing growth. I'm excited about what they are doing with the facilities and it's a team that has battled through some hard times and shows great promise in the future. I'm proud to be a part of this team."
 


Wulff was 9-40 in four seasons at Washington State and just 4-32 in league play. The Cougars program has struggled for much of the past decade. Washington State hasn't been to a bowl game in eight years. But prior to this stretch, there had been quite a bit of success, with two Rose Bowl appearances and four Top 10 finishes between the 1997 and 2003 seasons.
Under Wulff, a former Washington State offensive lineman, the Cougars did make strides in the past two years. They were 4-8 this season while being hit hard by injury. Still, the Cougars lost seven of their final eight games. They had to play three different quarterbacks, losing starter Jeff Tuel for much of the season. They ranked 48th in the country in scoring, but just seventh in the Pac-12. In 2010, the Cougars were 106th in scoring and dead last in the Pac-12. Most of the talent Wulff had assembled will be back in 2012, including Tuel and standout wide receiver Marquess Wilson. Both figure to be good fits in Leach's Air-Raid system.


In his 10 seasons at Texas Tech, Leach had a career record of 84-43 and was the architect of some of the most prolific offenses in college football history. Eight times in those 10 seasons, one of his quarterbacks led the nation in passing. The year before Leach arrived in Lubbock, the Red Raiders averaged 23 points per game. By Leach's second season, they averaged over 35 ppg and they never averaged less than 33 points the rest of his decade running the program. The Red Raiders finished in the top 25 rankings in five of his last six seasons at Tech.

His teams had Top 10 wins over No. 4 Cal (2004); No. 3 Oklahoma (2007); No. 1 Texas (2008) and No. 8 Oklahoma State (2008). In 2008, he won national Coach of the Year honors. The Wyoming native was the only coach in Texas Tech history to lead his team to bowl games every year.


At Texas Tech, Leach also inherited a program that had one of the lowest graduation rates in college football and was on academic probation. He eventually turned it into one that had the highest graduation rate of any public institution in major college football. However, he was fired from Tech in December, 2009 regular season after allegations that he had mistreated a player, Adam James, the son of ESPN announcer Craig James.


The controversy led to Leach to sue Texas Tech for breach of contract and file suit against ESPN and James for defamation. Both cases are still unresolved.

Full disclosure: I co-authored Leach's 2011 book Swing Your Sword, which details, among other things, his path into coaching, his offensive system as well as the circumstances surrounding what happened with him and Texas Tech in his exit from the Big 12 school.
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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

People can down Mike Leach all they want by saying he has no class and this other bunch of garbage but the truth of the matter is....he knows how to coach football!
Yep! My advice for all of you haters ... don't let your little girls play major college football. There, problem solved.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

And to you I bet Craig and Adam James have class huh einstein? I'm not sure it's true but I've heard recently that Adam switched sides and is now a Victoria Secrets model.


Lmao that was a great comment and I agree 100%! 




Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

This is a good hire for Washington ST!  Leach is a good coach and despite the unfair and biased ctitasism from James, his immediate family and those at the MotherShip(ESPN) can remain a great recruiter! It sounds like Leach also has good in state talent to choose from to help him get the WASHT. ST program going in a short period of time which should help him greatly.  Good luck Mike Leach!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

People can down Mike Leach all they want by saying he has no class and this other bunch of garbage but the truth of the matter is....he knows how to coach football! I would have been so happy to have gotten him at WVU but ill settle for Dana (a mini Leach lol). I was hoping he would go to ASU but he didnt so CONGRATS WSU fans. You are getting without a doubt one of the best offensive minds there is. Congrats to you also Mike Leach its great to see you back in the saddle...Good luck!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

Must be a huskie!



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

Sark just pooped in his pants.




Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

Sark just pooped in his pants.




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

Congrats WSU!  You just hired the biggest jerk off in college football.  A man lacking class and morals!  Great job!
And to you I bet Craig and Adam James have class huh einstein? I'm not sure it's true but I've heard recently that Adam switched sides and is now a Victoria Secrets model.



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

WSU, now that's a great hire........ they won't have to pay him much, as he will be cashing in from ESPN and Craig James, and Texas Tech, i think Pac 12 scoring just went up......!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Leach to be next Washington State coach

Bust out your Pirate Gear!!!  WSU just got about 100,000 new fans!!


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