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Washington State extends Mike Leach through 2018

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Washington State is one win away from playing in its first bowl game in a decade, and the quick reversal of fortunes by Mike Leach in Pullman netted the second-year Cougars coach a contract extension.

Washington State AD Bill Moos announced Monday a contract extension through 2018 for Leach, who formerly took Texas Tech to a bowl game in each of his 10 seasons in Lubbock.

“Mike Leach has done a fabulous job in his short time at Washington State,” Moos said. “Extending his contract through the 2018 season will ensure a bright future for Cougar football. He has elevated the program on the field, in the community and in the classroom. I believe he is among the best college football coaches in America and is a fantastic fit in Pullman.”

Leach’s short tenure at Washington State hasn’t been smooth — last year, wide receiver Marquess Wilson accused Leach of abuse, though quickly recanted the claim.

Washington State has a winnable game against Utah on tap Saturday before ending its season at Washington. And it seems like forever ago, but Washington State played neck-and-neck with Auburn in Week 1, losing 31-24 but holding Nick Marshall to 10/19 passing for 99 yards and nine rushes for 27 yards.

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6 Responses to “Washington State extends Mike Leach through 2018”
  1. thegamecocker says: Nov 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    Signing Coach Leach through 2018 was the SMARTEST THING WASU could ever do! He is turning this program around and this season has shown dramatic improvement! The Pirate can coach ANY D-1 program to success in the US! He is a fantastic coach and leader and Texas Tech should RUE the day those idiots let him go! You cannot TEACH STUPID and that was a STUPID MOVE. That move was only out done by Paul Dietzel in 1971 when he persuaded the powers at U. of South Carolina to leave the ACC! Our school was stuck on an island for the next 20 years until we were saved by the SEC! Dietze was jealous of all the success Coach Frank McGuire was having against ACC Basketball powers…….we are mighty fine today though! Can’t wait til Nov 30 when Clemson comes to town…….Columbia will EXPLODE with raw emotion that night! A lot of bowl determinations will be riding on that game! We don’t like them and they don’t like us…..

  2. TheMorningStar says: Nov 18, 2013 3:12 PM

    Um, this story is soley about Mike Leach and WSU. What does South Carolina in 1971 have anything to do with this???

    Please, next time save your personal agenda rants for your analyst.

  3. bearskin2000 says: Nov 18, 2013 6:38 PM

    Good for Mike Leach! He got a raw deal in Lubbock.
    I’m a Longhorn, but I miss Mike Leach. He did more
    with less than any coach in Texas. I wish the Longhorns would hire him, but it won’t happen.
    Too, too much politics in Texas football now. Hope it doesn’t happen in Washington.

    Good luck to the Cougars!

  4. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 7:11 PM

    Congrats to the Ol’ Pirate!!!!

  5. balfe13 says: Nov 19, 2013 2:35 AM

    Good thing he’s familiar with coaching a team that is clearly not the best in its own state.

  6. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2013 1:00 PM

    @theMornigstar

    Don’t like it…..don’t read it!!! The comments were relevant since they included Coach Leach at Texas Tech and how he was released. The analogy of what happened at South Carolina was also relevant. So kindly KMA!

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