Mike Leach has verbally agreed to coach Washington State, according to a report from the man who co-wrote Leach's book "Swing Your Sword." Leach would replace Paul Wulff, who was fired on Tuesday. Bruce Feldman is also reporting that the deal is for five years and would make him the third-highest paid coach in the Pac-12.
As Feldman notes in his report, the hiring of Leach would seem to fit Washington State athletic director Bill Moos' preference for a "flashy, high-octane offense that lights up the scoreboard." When Leach was at Texas Tech, his teams were routinely among the most prolific in the NCAA. His quarterbacks led the nation in passing during eight of his 10 seasons with the Red Raiders.
It wasn't all for show, either, as Texas Tech enjoyed some of its best success under Leach. His teams went 84-43 and played in a bowl every year he was there. Leach was 5-4 in those bowl games. Prior to his arrival, Texas Tech had not won a bowl game since the 1995 season. The Red Raiders finished in Top 25 during five of his final six seasons there and scored four wins over Top 10 teams, including a win over No. 1-ranked Texas in 2008 that helped earn him National Coach of the Year honors.