SPOKANE, Wash. — Mike Leach is bringing his high-powered passing offense — and swashbuckling style — to long-dormant Washington State.
The school said Wednesday that the pirate-loving former Texas Tech coach agreed in principle to a five-year contract. He will be introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Pullman.
Leach will be paid a base annual salary of $2 million, with supplemental income of $250,000 a year, plus performance incentives, Athletic Director Bill Moos said.
The 50-year-old Leach was 84-43 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.
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The former Kentucky offensive coordinator replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired Tuesday after four losing seasons.
Big East title chase
CINCINNATI — Louisville, No. 22 West Virginia and Cincinnati all have a shot at the Big East's BCS bowl bid heading into the final week of the season. There could be a two-way or even a three-way split of the regular-season title, with the BCS bid decided by tiebreakers.
For Louisville (7-5, 5-2), which is done with the regular season and has already clinched a share of the title, it all comes down to the Cincinnati-Connecticut game on Saturday. If the Bearcats (8-3, 4-2) lose, the Cardinals would get the BCS bid because of their win over West Virginia (8-3, 4-2), assuming the Mountaineers beat South Florida on Thursday and force a tie.
If West Virginia loses and Cincinnati wins, the Bearcats get the bid because they beat Louisville. If both West Virginia and Cincinnati win — and West Virginia finishes higher in the final BCS standings than either Cincinnati or Louisville, which is likely — West Virginia would get the BCS bid.
Stanford assistant dies
STANFORD, Calif. — Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who emerged as a talented assistant coach and mentor at Stanford, died Wednesday. He was 42.
"Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton," Stanford Coach David Shaw said.
McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. The cause of death was not immediately announced.