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Two WSU coaches extended, Leach next

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

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Volleyball Head Coach Jen Greeny and Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Wayne Phipps each agreed to new contracts this week that extended their stay with WSU through June 2023.

With those two coaches locked up for years to come, WSU President Kirk Schulz and the athletic department have shift their focus to Head Coach Mike Leach. Schulz said he met with Leach for over an hour on Saturday and discussed a new contract with the sixth year head coach.

“I’m not sure when we’ll have an extension finalized,” Schulz told Cougfan.com. “We’ve had a proposed extension on the table for four weeks now and we continue to talk with Mike’s agent and the conversations are collegial.”

Schulz said he kept in contact with Leach when rumors swirled about his potential departure from WSU. He even offered Leach a raise and a contract extension prior to his meeting with former University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie but Leach was underwhelmed by the offer, sources told ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.

“While I know a lot of fans and others are eager to get that extension signed and out there, we are just going to remain patient and work with him,” Schulz told Cougfan.com.

On Thursday, ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg reported that WSU plans on reducing its football spending which could affect their ability to match offers from other schools looking to hire their coaches. Schulz disputed these rumors over Twitter.

“We are committed to putting the financial resources in place to ensure continued success for [Cougar football]- including enhancing our salary pool for our coaching staff. The only way we can continue our positive trend is for Cougs to stop worrying & contribute to [the Cougar Athletic Fund],” Schulz tweeted.

 

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DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen Editor-in-Chief

Dylan Greene is a journalism and media production major from Stanwood. He started as the football beat reporter in the fall of 2017 and midway through that semester he was promoted to Assistant Sports Editor. He served as the Sports Editor for the 2018 spring semester and became Editor-in-Chief in May of this year.

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