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SPOKANE, WASH. (AP) - Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is the new head coach at Washington State.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available.
Leach, 50, posted an 84-43 record at Texas Tech, leading the Red Raiders to 10 bowl appearances in 10 seasons. He was fired in 2009 amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion.
He replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired after four losing seasons.
“I have always admired the tradition of Washington State,” Leach said in a statement. “It’s a university on the move that is experiencing growth. I’m excited about what they are doing with the facilities and it’s a team that has battled through some hard times and shows great promise in the future.
“I’m proud to be a part of this team,” Leach said.
He was hired by athletic director Bill Moos.
Leach was at the top of Moos‘ list of candidates, in part because Moos wants a high-powered offense at WSU. While at Texas Tech, Leach’s Air Raid offense routinely led the nation in passing and set numerous records.
In 2009, Texas Tech fired Leach two days after suspending him after it was alleged he mistreated receiver Adam James, who had a concussion. Leach denied the allegations and later sued for wrongful termination.
Leach has said he suspects an $800,000 bonus he was due the next day was the reason he was fired.
Leach has been out of coaching the past two seasons. During that time he has put out two books, worked in television and hosted a satellite radio show.
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