12.03.2011

Mike Leach has agreement to coach Washington State

Mike Leach is back on the sideline next season. Washington state reached a verbal agreement with former Texas Tech coach Paul Wulff days after the shooting.

Schools, Leach said Wednesday it has agreed in principle a five-year contract will be presented at a press conference next Tuesday.

Financial terms of the contract is not available, but according to a story by CBSSports.com, the agreement is for five years and will be the highest paid coach Leach third in the Pac-12.

In a statement given by the school, Leach said: "I always admired the tradition of the state of Washington is a growing movement of college I was very excited about what they do with the facilities and equipment .. has struggled through difficult times and it showed great promise in the future.

"I am proud to be part of the team."

Leach, 50, was fired by Texas Tech in December 2009 after a dispute over the handling of receiver Adam James. ESPN announcer Craig James's son, James Adam Leach said forced him to sit in a small room in a building during training after suffering concussion in a game.

Responding to the dismissal, Leach filed a lawsuit against the school and ESPN. Case is still pending.

In the field, Leach was a great success. His team of 84-43 and reached a bowl game in each of its 10 season.

Tommy Tuberville happen and 13-12 in two seasons, including a 5-7 mark this year, first school losing record since 1992.

Leach will have a great task to reorganize the State of Washington, who has never played in a bowl game since 2003, after the Rose Bowl appearance following the period of 1997 and 2002.

Wulff was 90-40 in four seasons the Cougars, but the team improved to 4-8 in 2011.

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