Mike Leach to be Cougs new football coach

first_imgPULLMAN — Bill Moos, who has vowed to change the “culture” of Washington State athletics, may have changed the landscape of Pacific-12 Conference football for years to come when the Cougars announced Wednesday that offensive guru Mike Leach has agreed in principle on a five-year contract as head coach.“I asked athletic director Bill Moos to select the best head football coach in the country and I am convinced that he has done exactly that,” WSU president Elson Floyd said in a news release.From 2000-09, Leach’s Texas Tech teams featured high-scoring, pass-happy offenses. Moos stressed the need to put “butts in seats” when he fired Paul Wulff on Tuesday with one year left on Wulff’s five-year contract.“I have spoken about the need to re-energize our fan base and take Coguar football to the next level,” Moos said. “I believe the hiring of Mike Leach accomplishes both of those goals.”The Cougars, backed by millions of dollars of added revenue from new television contracts that kick in next year, will reportedly pay Leach almost four times as much as Wulff’s $600,000 annual salary.last_img read more

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