Mike Leach? Whoa!
The Washington St. Cougars have by all reports hired Mike Leach. Earlier today word coming out of the ESPN offices and on twitter is that the Washington State Cougars Football program has in fact HIRED Leach to be their new head coach.
The AP is now reporting that this is a “verbal” done deal.
“An official within the athletic department told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Leach has reached a verbal agreement”
Bill Moos wants excitement, and he wants to put people in the seats. I’d say he’s got the right man for the job.
From Spokesman.com WSU writer Vince Grippi.
Sources tell me WSU has made an offer to Mike Leach to be its next football coach. They expect him to accept. It’s close to done. More soon.
The former Texas Tech Red Raiders coach will make the Cougars & Pullman his next coaching stop.
At approximately the same time as the ESPN story came out we heard via SPORTS RADIO KJR that Seattle Times colonist Steve Kelley had some more info on this rumor from ESPN.
The report was revealed on Twitter by Kelley’s son and Seattle Times colleague, Mason Kelley.
What has Leach done as a coach record wise you ask?
84-43 as Tech’s head coach, with a bowl invitation every year.
As our own Insider Steve blogged about earlier this week,
“without a doubt a hiring of Mike Leach would come with not only heavy baggage of his past indiscretions, but also intense criticism from the loyal Cougar fan base who are worried about WSU being held back from potential games being shown on ABC/ESPN because of Leach’s lawsuit.”
More on Leach.
Resume: Head coach at Texas Tech for 10 seasons – 2000-09
Record: 84-43 (47-33) – regular season, 5-4 – bowl record
Bowl wins: Tangerine, Houston, Holiday, Insight.com, and Gator
Steve also says,
“There is no question that his offensive pedigree would be a good fit to the returning offensive talent in Pullman.”
AS a UW fan myself, I’ll be interested to see how Leach and Sarkisian do for recruiting in Washington State now. Sark vs. Leach.
Also what an interesting coaching dynamic we now have in the Pac 12. Lots of OFFENSE to follow! Mike Leach, Lane Kiffin, Rich Rod, Chip Kelly, Steve Sarkisian. We can only hope Kevin Sumlin gets the ASU or UCLA gig!
This could be fun!
More details to follow shortly…