Leach’s contract extended to 2024

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Leach’s contract extended to 2024

RYAN PUGH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

RYAN PUGH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

RYAN PUGH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

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Cougar football head coach Mike Leach agreed in principle to a one-year contract extension Thursday morning with WSU, according to WSU Athletic Communications.

Leach’s new extension will keep him in Pullman through 2024 adding on to the previously agreed four-year contract he signed in 2017.

The WSU athletic department revealed the text reading “Extended through 2024,” referring to Leach’s contract, shutting down speculations of Leach going to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ole Miss Rebels, which are both SEC schools.

Leach led the Cougars to a 6-6 record in his eighth season at WSU and to their fifth-consecutive bowl-eligible season, the only time in program history that this has happened. The Cougars find out which bowl game they will be participating in on Sunday afternoon.

Four times in the past seven years, Leach’s quarterbacks have led the country in passing yards, with three consecutive seasons.

Leach’s compensation for 2020 will be $4 million and a one-time retention bonus of $750,000 and he will be receiving $4 million per year throughout his contract as well, according to WSU Athletic Communications.

Despite the rumors of Leach heading down to the South, the creator of the “Air Raid” will stay in Pullman until 2024.