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Mike Leach Signs $20 Million Extension With Washington State

Mike Leach has engineered an impressive turnaround at Wazzu, elevating a program that had not made a bowl since 2003 when he arrived to a Pac-12 North contender. He clinched a bowl in his second year with the Cougars, and the program is currently heading to its third straight post-season game, and has the chance to win 10 games with the Holiday Bowl match-up against Michigan State on December 28.

Leach reportedly spoke with Tennessee about its opening before new athletic director Phil Fulmer turned his attention to SEC defensive coordinators, settling on Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt as his next head coach. There was speculation that with Washington State AD Bill Moos heading to Nebraska, Leach could look at other opportunities. Now, it looks like he'll be on the Palouse for at least a little longer.

Leach has signed a pretty nice extension with the school. From the Associated Press:

Washington State football coach Mike Leach on Monday agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension.


The revised contract agreement will pay Leach $3.5 million in 2018, $3.75 million in 2019 and $4 million annually from 2020-22. Leach will also obtain a one-time retention bonus of $750,000 if he stays with the school through the 2020 season.

Leach's pool of money for assistant coaches will be bumped by $400,000 for the 2018 season, and the school acknowledged the need for a new indoor practice facility.

Leach is 38-37 overall at Washington State, with a 26-28 Pac-12 record. He's 26-12 (19-8) over the last three seasons. Leach, who spent 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, is 122-80 overall.

Washington State's Holiday Bowl game against Michigan State is set for a 9:00 p.m. ET kick-off from SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

[Associated Press]