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Washington State hires Leach

SPOKANE, Wash. — Mike Leach is bringing his high-powered passing offense to long-dormant Washington State.

The school said Wednesday that the former Texas Tech coach agreed in principle to a five-year contract. He will be introduced Tuesday.

Leach, 50, 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.

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.

"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."

Ex-'Cane remorseful: Former Miami receiver Aldarius Johnson says the NCAA told the Hurricanes it would not restore his eligibility for what would have been his final season. Johnson told a Miami sports-talk radio station that the NCAA determined his story "wasn't adding up" during an investigation into the actions of a former booster. Johnson acknowledged making a mistake by dealing with the booster, and for Twitter messages that got him into trouble with coach Al Golden. Johnson was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Stanford assistant dies: Cardinal assistant coach and four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chester McGlockton died Tuesday night at age 42, the school announced. The cause of death was not announced. He starred at Clemson before being selected 16th overall by the Raiders in 1992. He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances with the Raiders.

Penn State search: School president Rod Erickson said the Nittany Lions hope to hire a head coach by the end of the year.

Fine for Kentucky: The SEC said it will fine Kentucky $50,000 after fans rushed the field after its 10-7 victory over Tennessee, the Wildcats' first victory over the Vols in 26 years to cap a 5-7 season.

UCLA eligible for bowl: The NCAA decided UCLA can accept a bowl invitation even if the Bruins lose the Pac-12 title game to drop to 6-7.

Baylor: QB Robert Griffin III practiced and said he has no lingering effects from concussionlike symptoms that knocked him out of the last game.

Fla. Atlantic: Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is in talks for the Owls' head coaching vacancy, FAUOwlAccess.com reported.

Washington State hires Leach 11/30/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:07am]
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