Mike Leach and Washington State have agreed in principle to a provision in his contract that extends his contract one year through the 2024 season, bringing it to a five-year deal.
“Mike Leach has established, and continued, a culture of success at Washington State, both academically and athletically, that few have matched,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun in the school’s statement. “He has returned WSU to national prominence, is one of the top football coaches in the nation, and we are fortunate to have him leading our program.”
Leach will make $4 million next season, and for the next four seasons beyond that, based on the deal he signed back in 2017. After the 2020 season, he’s due a retention bonus of $750,000.
In his 8th season on the job at Wazzu, Leach has led the program to a record of 55-46, and has the Cougars set to make their fifth straight bowl appearance, and sixth in the past seven years.
While the news is great for Leach and Washington State fans, there was a large contingent of folks hoping to see Leach in the SEC, as he was a rumored candidate for the opening at Arkansas.