Grinch hired from Missouri to coach Washington State defense

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Washington State has hired Alex Grinch of Missouri to be defensive coordinator.

Team spokesman Bill Stevens confirmed the hire on Wednesday.

Grinch has spent the past three seasons as Missouri's safeties coach. Prior to that he spent three seasons as the secondary coach at Wyoming.

Coach Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske after WSU's season-ending loss to archrival Washington.

Grinch will be asked to improve a WSU defense that ranked No. 97 nationally in total yards allowed. The defense was largely blamed for WSU's 3-9 record despite ranking seventh in the nation in total offense.

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