Washington State has been far from elite since Mike Leach took over, but you couldn’t tell it by the coach’s paycheck.
Athletic director Bill Moos confirmed to multiple media outlets Monday night that Leach’s amended contract will contain a pay increase of $500,000 annually. Leach’s guaranteed annual compensation will be $2.75 million in 2014.
That total, the Spokane Spokesman-Review notes, would put Leach at No. 3 among public schools in the Pac-12 — Stanford and USC, as private institutions, aren’t required to provide salary details — behind only UCLA’s Jim Mora ($3.5 million) and Washington’s Chris Petersen ($3.25 million).
“I still think he’s one of the best coaches in this league and as we change our culture at Washington State we have to compete with those in our conference and around the country to build stability and consistency,” Moos said according to the Spokesman-Review. “I like to be forward thinking in that regard and proactive. Not that I’m worried about losing Mike but I also don’t want to get complacent and not be on top of the market.”
The Cougars have nine games during Leach’s two seasons at the school, the football program’s best two-year win total since winning 11 in 2006-07.
Last December, Leach signed a contract extension that would keep him in Pullman through the 2018 season.