Cougars, Leach agree to extension through 2024 season
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington State Cougars have re-signed head football coach Mike Leach. He is now signed through the 2024 season.
This agreement adds one year onto his current contract. Now, with this extension, he is signed for the next five seasons.
“Mike Leach has established, and continued, a culture of success at Washington State, both academically and athletically, that few have matched,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “He has returned WSU to national prominence, is one of the top football coaches in the nation, and we are fortunate to have him leading our program.”
This extension keeps Leach out of the coaching carousel. Even though he has a job, his name as brought up in speculation at other jobs.
In fact, Leach was involved in a hoax on the Internet that said he had replaced Matt Luke at Ole Miss. This later was determined to be a fake account that sent people into a frenzy.
Leach — who has been the Cougars head coach since the 2012 season — has guided the Cougars to five straight Bowl games. This season, the team ended with a 6-6 mark. It was his worst record at the school since the 2014 season when the team went 3-9.
The five-straight Bowl appearances is a first in program history.
“We are excited about going to our fifth-straight bowl game and look forward to another exciting season in 2020. Go Cougs!” said Leach.
In eight years in Washington, he has gone 55-46, including a 2-3 Bowl record. Before coming to Pullman, Washington, he spent ten seasons as the Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach. He was 84-43 in 127 games at the school.