Washington State extends Mike Leach's contract

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, The Associated Press Published: November 18, 2013
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State has extended the contract of football coach Mike Leach for two years, ensuring he'll be at the helm through the 2018 season, athletic director Bill Moos said Monday.

Leach has led WSU to a 5-5 record in his second season, 3-4 in the Pac-12, as the Cougars prepare for Saturday's game against Utah in Pullman.

That's the most wins for the Cougars at this point in the season since 2006.

“Mike Leach has done a fabulous job in his short time at Washington State,” Moos said in a press release. “Extending his contract through the 2018 season will ensure a bright future for Cougar football.”

The Cougars are one win shy of qualifying for a bowl game. They have not played in the postseason since 2003.

Leach was hired prior to the 2012 season and he signed a five-year contract that paid more than $2.2 million per year, plus incentives. He is the highest-paid coach in Washington State history.

Details of the new contract were not immediately released.

Leach owns a career record of 92-57 in his 12 seasons as a college head coach, the first 10 at Texas Tech.

Leach thanked Moos and Washington State President Elson Floyd for the extension.

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