Mike Leach Agrees To Be The Next Washington State Head Coach

The Pac-12 is sure upgrading their coaching situations. If Jeff Tedford plans on winning the Pac-12 in the near future, he'll have earned it tenfold.

The Washington St. Cougars didn't fool around after firing Paul Wulff. They went right for one of the most compelling figures in college football. Bruce Feldman reports.

Mike Leach has verbally agreed to become the next head coach at Washington State. Leach was offered the position late Tuesday afternoon, CBS learned.

The 50-year-old Leach replaces Paul Wulff, who was dismissed Tuesday morning. The hiring of Leach would seem to mesh with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos' comment earlier at the press conference where he announced Wullf's firing that he likes a "flashy, high-octane offense that lights up the scoreboard."

You might remember Leach from when he torched us in the Holiday Bowl in 2004. While Cal has gotten better at dealing with spread attacks like the Airraid, they still can give us trouble (as we've struggled with Arizona year-by-year). Now we'll have to deal with the real thing up close and personal.

Obviously Washington State will never outrecruit us, but they've proven they have great offensive weapons and good quarterback play. Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday are pretty good talents, and they have a decent offense to go along with it. Suddenly those trips to Pullman don't look quite as winnable (and guess where we go next year).

Chip Kelly. Rich Rodriguez. Lane Kiffin (yes, Lane). Steve Sarkisian. Mike Leach. This conference is sure filling up with dynamic offensive-minded coaches, isn't it? Clancy Pendergast is going to have his hands full.

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