Mike Leach sets sail for Pacific Northwest
All aboard the pirate ship!
CBS sports is reporting former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has agreed to lead the Washington State football program in 2012. No announcement has been made by the university, with a deal still waiting to be formalized.
The leach to WSU rumors began immediately after the Apple Cup loss to rival Washington. The Seattle Times reported later that evening that a decision had been made to relieve Paul Wulff of his duties. The coach would be fired three days later, after a four year stay in Pullman, which netted a 9-40 record.
Leach would enter the Pac 12 with one of the most exciting offenses in college football. His Texas Tech teams were 84-43 during his tenure, and bowl eligible in each season. His offenses consistently ranked among the nation’s elite, with quarterbacks putting up gaudy numbers on Saturdays.
Leach was dismissed from Texas Tech in 2009, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct that stemmed from a former player and disciplinary action he was said to receive. His name surfaced a year ago during the Maryland coaching search, with some news sources prematurely announcing it as a “done deal”. Contradicting reports, Leach was not hired by the Terrapins, despite his relationship with Under Armour founder and Maryland Booster Kevin Plank.
Once the Pacific Northwest deal is complete, Leach will become the second new face to Pac 12 coaching, with Rich Rodriguez announced by Arizona last week. The hire adds another high profile coach to the conference, and yet another spread offense for USC to defend.
Update: It is reportedly a 5-year $11 million deal for Mike Leach. Those earnings would place him fourth among current Pac 12 coaches.