Mike Leach Lands At Washington State

By Chris Hengst


The Pirate has found his next port.

Washington State needed a flashy coaching hire to boost interest in the program and a man capable of competing in the Pac 12.

Mike Leach needed an athletic director to take a chance on him, his quirky persona and his legal baggage.

Leach verbally agreed this afternoon to become the Cougars new head coach and successor to Paul Wulff, who finished a depressing 9-40 in his four seasons in Pullman.

The former Texas Tech head coach brings an offense, the Air Raid, predicated on quick quarterback decisions and enough passing yards to make the Chip Kelly and Steve Sarkisian’s of the conference uncomfortable.

He was the 2008 National Coach of the Year only to be fired after the 2009 season for frustrating the Lubbock athletic department and an incident with wide receiver Adam James.

Defamation and breach of contract lawsuits followed, Craig James hired a PR firm to sway public opinion against Leach and the mercurial Pirate lover headed for Key West.

Two years later, he’s found a job that like Texas Tech when he arrived, requires massive restoration.

Washington State hasn’t experienced real success since the Mike Price tenure (1989-2002) but is hopeful Leach can return the Cougars to the Rose Bowl.

Already, Rich Rodriguez, Urban Meyer and Mike Leach have found jobs during this 2011 coaching carousel.

Can it get any more fun?

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