Mike Leach Introduced As Washington State Head Coach

Mike Leach has been named the new head coach of the Washington State Cougars. More on the situation at CougCenter.

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Mike Leach To Washington State: Hiring Brings Big Expectations To Cougars Program

The college football offseason still isn't technically underway, but there have already been some major fireworks out of the Pac-12. First came the firing of four head coaches, then came the rumors, and then came the hirings. With Mike Leach now in Pullman, there will be raised expectations for the Washington State Cougars. Just ask Gregg Doyel on Twitter:

Mike Leach will have Washington State in the Pac-12 title game within three years. He's that good.

Big words for a man who hasn't even spent 48 hours as the head coach in Pullman.

Gone will be the days when a 7-6 season will be considered a relative success. It may take some time, but WSU fully intends to win (and win big) with Leach at the helm of the program. He will bring his air-raid offense and blitz-happy defense along with him, and he and the coaching staff will get after it on the recruiting trail. With the success he experienced at Texas Tech with these schemes, many feel that the Cougars will be at the top of the conference sooner rather than later.

It will not be easy and there will certainly be a few bumps along the way, but Cougar fans have to feel good about their football program right now. This has the makings of a home run hire for WSU.

For more coverage, head on over to Coug Center.

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Mike Leach Officially Signs As Washington State Head Coach

The Washington St. Cougars can officially say that Mike Leach is their new head coach. Leach signed earlier this hour in Pullman and will be introduced as Washington State's head coach tomorrow.

Leach coached the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2000 to 2009 and led them to bowl appearances in every season he was in Lubbock.  Washington State has not had quite as much success (only three bowl appearances and NONE since 2003), so the bar will probably be a bit more generous for Leach to reach. His contract will probably demand that he start producing early though.

The press conference will take place tomorrow at noon. Here is the official release from the Washington State Cougars website.

Washington State University announced Wednesday that Mike Leach has been named the Cougars' head football coach. Leach, who agreed in principle to a five-year contract, will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in Pullman.

"I asked athletic director Bill Moos to select the best head football coach in the country and I am convinced that he has done exactly that," said WSU President Elson S. Floyd.

"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."

Pullman will be a change of scenery for sure (Leach spent much of his time away from coaching in the Florida Keys), but if anyone can adjust, it's the Pirate. 

To discuss Leach and WSU football, head to CougCenter.

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Mike Leach Expected To Accept WSU Head Coaching Job, According To Report

The Washington State Cougars have reportedly offered former Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach a job offer for the same position with the Cougars football program, according to the Sportsman-Review's Vince Grippi on Twitter.

Sources tell me WSU has made an offer to Mike Leach to be its next football coach. They expect him to accept. It's close to done. More soon.
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Washington State went ahead and fired former head coach Paul Wulff Tuesday after a disappointing 4-8 overall record including going 2-7 in Pac-12 play in 2011. They certainly didn't waste any time getting Leach lined up, flying him out to Pullman today to apparently hash out contract details. 

Leach, a former lawyer, will undoubtedly take his time reviewing the offer before excepting it, though considering he hasn't coached in two full season I'd assume he's itching to get back to the profession he loves. 

The 50 year old Leach owned a 84-43 record as the coach of the Red Radiers, garnering a bowl game each year he was there. He's has ties to Northern and Southern California as well as Wyoming, so coming back to the West coast may be a comfortable move for him. 

For more discussion and analysis of Washington State football, head over to Coug Center to get in on the action.  

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Paul Wulff Fired As Head Coach Of Washington State

As expected, the Washington St. Cougars have finally parted with head coach Paul Wulff. Athletic Director Bill Moos made an official announcement today. Wulff finishes his career 9-40 as Washington State head coach after some of the worst seasons in Cougar football history.

@vinceg55 Vince Grippi Paul Wulff has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Washington State. He was told in a meeting with Bill Moos this morning.

Wulff improved the team this season after three straight years of two wins or less, but it wasn't really enough to save his job. Washington State was hoping to at least make a bowl game this year, but they only won four games this year and fell well short of their goals. Wulff has had the deck stacked against him and arguably had some of the worst talent in the country, as well as some of the worst luck--numerous players got injured during the season, gravely impacting his team's ability to compete against even the most mediocre of squads in the conference.

But it might be best for both sides to move on. Washington State wants a clean break from this terrible era of football, and Wulff has probably dealt with too much pain as the team's head coach. It might be best for both to get a clean start with fresh faces and places.

To discuss WSU football, head to CougCenter.

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