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Mike Leach hired as football coach at Washington State

LeachMike Leach was hired Wednesday as head football coach at Washington State. He will replace Paul Wulff, who was let go after posting a 9-40 record over four years.

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.

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-- Melissa Rohlin

 Photo: Mike Leach. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press

 
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