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Prior to being hired by Washington State in November, 2011, Leach was unemployed for two years after being dismissed by Texas Tech.
Clearly, the whole Texas Tech fiasco—and I'm not going into the story here because it's been done to death—made Leach a pariah in the college football fraternity. Whether or not you believe Leach mistreats players and is a terrible human being, you can't deny his coaching ability.
A breaking news update on the Texas Tech story: perhaps Texas voters weighed in on whose side they took in the Leach vs. James story in Tuesday's election. Craig James, running for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary, earned a pitiful 4 percent of the overall vote.
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos probably made the hire of his lifetime when he hired Leach. In 10 years at Texas Tech, Leach's head coaching record was 84-43, and his teams never had a losing season. "The Mad Scientist of Football" is one of the best coaches in the country.
According to the Washington State website, Leach's Texas Tech offense led the nation in passing six times and three times accumulated the most total yards. In 2009, The Red Raiders were ranked as high as second in the nation.
Leach was awarded the Woody Hayes Trophy recognizing the top collegiate coach in 2008. Known as an offensive genius, the Red Raiders increased their yards per game by more than 150 and averaged nearly 20 points more per game after Leach took over as head coach.
Get ready to see a dynamic passing game by Wazzu this year: Texas Tech threw for 300 yards more per game while Leach was at the helm than under the previous Tech coaches. When Leach was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1999, just prior to getting the Texas Tech head job, the Sooners set six Big 12 Conference passing records.
Same story at Kentucky, Valdosta State and Iowa Wesleyan—wherever Leach has been involved with a team's offense, records have been broken like dinner plates at a Greek wedding.
Texas Tech went to a bowl game every year that Mike Leach was their coach. In fact, their bowl game appearance streak ended in 2011, just about the time that the last of Leach's players would graduate.
Record-setting offenses, lots of wins, lots of bowl games—that, friends, is what Mike Leach brings to Wazzu.