Mike Leach Hired As Head Coach Of Washington State Cougars

The Washington State Cougars announced Mike Leach as their next head coach on Wednesday, just one day after Paul Wulff was relieved of his duties. Word of Leach making the move to Washington State began to surface on Wednesday morning, with reports indicating the Cougars had made an offer to the former Texas Tech head coach. Shortly thereafter, Bruce Feldman reported Leach had an agreement in principle, though no contract had been signed.

The contract has been agreed to and will span five years, according to the Washington State athletic department, who confirmed earlier reports on Wednesday afternoon. In the press release, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos spoke of Leach being an exciting hire that should energize the Cougars' fan base.

"This is an exciting day for Washington State University and Cougar football," said Moos. "I have spoken about the need to re-energize our fan base and take Cougar football to the next level. I believe the hiring of Mike Leach accomplishes both of those goals. His credentials speak for themselves."

Leach will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Pullman.

For more on Wazzu, visit Washington State blog Coug Center and SB Nation Seattle. And here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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