Mike Leach has reportedly been offered the Washington State football job and is expected to accept. This is just the latest report suggesting a deal was imminent for the former Texas Tech head coach, who has been out of coaching since being fired in 2009.
Leach would face a significant rebuilding effort at Washington State. The Cougars last had a winning record in 2003, when they went 10-3 under Bill Doba. Since then, the best record they managed was 6-6 in 2006. Under recently fired head coach Paul Wulff, the Cougars were 9-40 overall and just 4-32 in Pacific-10/12 play during four seasons. Wulff's 4-8 record this year, was actually his best season.
But Leach is at least somewhat familiar with rebuilding. When he took over at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders were coming off four straight five-loss seasons and had not won a bowl game since the 1995 Copper Bowl. Under 10 seasons with Leach, they went 84-43, qualified for a bowl game every year and won five bowl games. They also became known for a high-scoring offense.