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Washington State gives coach Mike Leach contract extension

Washington State has not been to a bowl game since the end of the 2003 season. (Michael Chang/Getty Images) Washington State has not been to a bowl game since the end of the 2003 season. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Washington State extended head football coach Mike Leach's contract and the new deal will keep him at the school through the 2018 season, the school announced Monday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Leach is 8-14 in two seasons at Washington State and has an overall record of 92-57 in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

“Mike Leach has done a fabulous job in his short time at Washington State,” Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said. “Extending his contract through the 2018 season will ensure a bright future for Cougar football. He has elevated the program on the field, in the community and in the classroom. I believe he is among the best college football coaches in America and is a fantastic fit in Pullman.”

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The Cougars are 5-5 this season and host Utah on Saturday and play at Washington Nov. 29 in the season's final game. 

“I’d like to thank Bill Moos and President Floyd for extending my contract and giving me the opportunity to coach at Washington State,” said Leach. “The support we have received from students, fans, alumni and the administration has been tremendous and by the end of this year we will have facilities that rival anyone in the country.

“As I’ve said many times, my family and I are extremely happy at Washington State and love living in Pullman.”

 

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