Oct 31, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars coach Mike Leach reacts during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars extend Mike Leach


Although Washington State Cougars’ head coach Mike Leach is just 8-13 in his first two seasons at the helm, the Cougars have already rewarded Leach with a contract extension through the 2018 season.

The Cougars have been much more competitive in Leach’s second year after finishing with a 3-9 record in his first season. The Cougars have been clown out by the Stanford Cardinal (55-17), Oregon State Beavers (52-24), Oregon Ducks (62-38) and Arizona State Sun Devils (55-21), but were played well in a season-opening 31-24 loss to the Auburn Tigers. They also own two fairly impressive wins – a 10-7 road victory over the Southern Cal Trojans back on September 7 and a 24-17 road win over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.

As the Associated Press points out, “Leach was hired prior to the 2012 season and he signed a five-year contract that paid more than $2.2 million per year, plus incentives” and “he is the highest-paid coach in university history.”

Leach went 84-43 a the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2000-2009.

If the Cougars can defeat the Utah Utes (Saturday, 3:30 pm EST on the Pac-12 Network) or the rival Washington Huskies (Friday, November 29, 3:30 pm EST on Fox), they’ll be in a bowl game for the first time since 2003.

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