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Mike Leach close to being named Wazzu’s head coach

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Almost exactly 24 hours after their head coach was fired, Washington State is closing in on a replacement for Paul Wulff.

At the press conference confirming Wulff’s firing Tuesday, athletic director Bill Moos acknowledged Mike Leach was on his short list of candidates.  Vince Grippi of the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported this afternoon that it’s much deeper, writing that Wazzu has made an official offer to the former Texas Tech head coach but he has not yet accepted it.

A source close to Leach confirmed to CFT a short while ago that there is “significant and meaningful interest on both sides”, and that Leach would “probably” accept the job if offered.  The source refused to confirm or deny that Leach has been offered the position.

An athletic department source told the Spokesman-Review that they expect Leach to accept the offer.

Leach has been out of coaching since being fired by Texas Tech amid the Adam/Craig James imbroglio.  He was close to being named Maryland’s new head coach a year later, but the Terrapins instead hired Randy Edsall.

The hiring of Leach would be a boon to a WSU football program that’s won just games the past seasons and has seen apathy set in among its fan base.

UPDATED 3:43 p.m. ET: CBS Sports.com‘s Bruce Feldman, who co-authored Leach’s 2011 book “Swing Your Sword”, tweeted just moments ago that “Leach has verbally agreed to be the head coach at Washington St.”

We’re now being told an official announcement from the school should take place either later today or tomorrow, pending the finalization of an agreement.

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19 Responses to “Mike Leach close to being named Wazzu’s head coach”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Nov 30, 2011 3:38 PM

    Excellent choice, if true. Leach has the fearlessness, strength of scheme, and personality to continue what looked like a good foundation Wulff had started to build. Wazzu needs a guy like Leach to really become a national player again.

    I know this might sound like a reach, but Leach in Pullman could become a major threat to BSU in the region.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 30, 2011 3:38 PM

    Glad he is getting a job. Sorry it is so far away to hear his speeches and pep talks. Maybe Wazzu will put them on Facebook or on the Internet and we can watch them…so entertaining and funny!

  3. vanmorrissey says: Nov 30, 2011 3:44 PM

    Good hire for anyone but thought UCLA would nab him. Should be fun.

  4. yyyass says: Nov 30, 2011 3:45 PM

    I can’t believe the 2 – 10 MD Terps passed on him. Karma’s a beatch.

  5. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:50 PM

    “I know this might sound like a reach, but Leach in Pullman could become a major threat to BSU in the region.”

    Maybe for WR’s. Other than that, both programs will be looking for entirely different types of players based on two entirely different offensive schemes. I’ll hold judgement on defense until I see what Leach would be running for a scheme.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:52 PM

    Good choice WSU. I wonder though if he hasn’t accepted (yet) because he’s hoping to hear from Kansas where he’s more familiar with the Big 12 recruiting grounds.

  7. seanmmartin says: Nov 30, 2011 4:01 PM

    Could work out well with that freshman who tossed for 400 under Wulff in his first start

  8. wustlumdnj says: Nov 30, 2011 4:12 PM

    The pirate lands in the Pacific ^_^

  9. acieu says: Nov 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Eat your heart out Maryland

  10. 10kmp says: Nov 30, 2011 4:28 PM

    I really like Mike Leach, and this is a huge get for Washington State, but why Leach took this job is a bit of a mystery to me when ASU and, most especially, UCLA are now open. Both of those situations would seem to be much better jobs than Wazzu. California is a talent rich H.S. football state, and UCLA possesses good, if not great, tradition. ASU seems a better fit as well… great campus, decent facilities, and although they dont have the history of UCLA they are still more tradition laden than Wazzu. UCLA’s football facilities, stadium situation and the school administration’s preoccupation with basketball might be a roadblock to them getting a Leach caliber HC. Surprised to hear Leach is headed to Wazzu, but great hire nonetheless…

  11. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 30, 2011 4:29 PM

    Kinda hoped he would land in Kansas where you would (eventually) have Leach, Gundy and Holgorsen offenses.

  12. paperlions says: Nov 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    There isn’t really any such thing as a “Gundy” or ‘Holgorsen” offense….those are both Leach’s offenses.

  13. bronco58lb says: Nov 30, 2011 5:07 PM

    10kmp,

    I really can’t blame Leach for jumping on this opportunity.

    All Leach wanted to do was coach and he couldn’t do so the last two years because his name was smeared.

    He wasn’t in the position to be patient.

    The reason why Washington State landed him is because they were aggressive from the onset.

  14. cowhawkfan says: Nov 30, 2011 5:17 PM

    Sweet! As a Former Coug, I love this potential hire!!! WAZZU is alot lime Texas Tech. It’s out in the “country” so to speak and they get recruits that don’t go to UW, Oregon, or Boise. But, you can be successful there and it’s a great community. Leach will do well. I hope he stays for awhile!’

  15. rlr79 says: Nov 30, 2011 5:22 PM

    10kmp, have you heard the term, “A bird in the hand is worth, two in the bush” I’m sure he may have had a chance at those jobs, but he’s assured this one. Besides he has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove himself, and what better way then to take the cellar dweller of the Pac-12 to the mountain top.

  16. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 30, 2011 5:23 PM

    paperlions says:Nov 30, 2011 4:58 PM

    There isn’t really any such thing as a “Gundy” or ‘Holgorsen” offense….those are both Leach’s offenses.
    ********************

    Now that is the truth!

  17. pricecube says: Nov 30, 2011 6:21 PM

    Wish Tennessee would have ditched the Derek Dooley experiment and grabbed Leach.

  18. dirtyharry44 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:42 AM

    cowhawkfan says:
    Nov 30, 2011 5:17 PM
    Sweet! As a Former Coug, I love this potential hire!!!
    *******************
    If you’re truly a Coug, then you might be familiar with, ‘Once a Coug, always a Coug.’

    There’s no such thing as a ‘Former Coug.’

    Are you a fraud?

  19. ErikW65 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:45 AM

    Go Leach. Great Coach. Can’t wait to see what happens.

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