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Mike Leach's contract with WSU includes Bowl bonuses, some nice perks

Washington State's new coach can make himself some money with big wins and bowl appearances.


The Washington St. Cougars had to sweeten the pot to lure Mike Leach to town. He makes a base salary of $2 million each season and another $250,000 comes in other forms of income. As this report from 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle explains, Leach can make a lot more for winning a couple big games.

Leach makes an extra $75,000 if he takes Washington State to a "low-level" bowl game. It's tough to know exactly which games are considered low level, whether it be an early December bowl game or anything less than a BCS appearance.

If the Cougars do make a BCS bowl, WSU's head coach takes home an extra $100,000. If the Cougs make the national championship game, it's a $200,000 contract bonus.

Win the Apple Cup each season and Leach gets $25,000.

It's not too bad of a deal for the 51-year-old head coach. Washington State is 2-6 this season and are all-but-eliminated from bowl consideration.