Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach is back where he belongs -- on a college football sideline.
Sports Illustrated reports that Mr. Leach has been hired as the new football coach at Washington State.
The school said Wednesday that Leach had agreed in principle to a five-year contract. He will be introduced next Tuesday at a news conference in Pullman.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available.
Leach, 50, posted an 84-43 record 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.
He replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired after four losing seasons.
"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. I'm excited about what they are doing with the facilities and it's a team that has battled through some hard times and shows great promise in the future.
"I'm proud to be a part of this team," Leach said.Leach, in my opinion, was sandbagged by Texas Tech after the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James accused him of ill treatment. I'll make this as plain as I can -- the elder and younger James should have manned up and kept their mouths shut.
Leach also could have been victimized by Texas Tech's athletic department, which seemed concerned about the salary it might have had to pay Leach because of the run of success he had enjoyed in Lubbock.
Either way, count me among those who are excited to see Leach back in the game.