Mike Leach hired as football coach at Washington State
Leach agreed in principle to a five-year contract, according to the university.
Leach earned bowl bids in each of his 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech (2000-09), recording an 84-43 record before being fired in 2009 amid allegations that he mistreated a player with a concussion.
"I have spoken about the need to re-energize our fan base and take Cougar football to the next level. I believe the hiring of Mike Leach accomplishes both of those goals," athletic director Bill Moos said in a news release. "His credentials speak for themselves."
The news may come as a disappointment to fans at Kansas and Arizona State, many of whom have clamored for their schools to hire Leach, one of the most-high profile coaches in college football.
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: Mike Leach. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press