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.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.