Texas Tech Extending Coach Mike Leach's Contract

<p>LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers announced today that Red Raider head football coach Mike Leach has been awarded a one-year contract extension, taking his current contract through the 2009 season. Leach led the Red Raiders to an 8-4 season in 2004 and a 45-31 win over fourth-ranked California in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. <p>Additionally, Leach will both earn $1,275,000 per year, a $250,000 increase, and a $1,000,000 bonus upon completion of his contract.

Under Leach's direction, the Red Raiders won their third-straight NCAA passing title and second-straight NCAA total offense title. The Red Raider defense improved 50 spots in the rankings in 2004, led by the pass defense, which finished the season ranked 15th.

Additionally, for the first time in the program's history, Tech won eight or more games for the third-consecutive season. Tech also recorded its highest finish in Big 12 play in 2004 after finishing tied for third in the overall standings.

In five seasons at Texas Tech, Leach is 39-25 and is the only coach in school history to lead his first five teams to bowl appearances. He joins Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas's Mack Brown as the only current Big 12 coaches to take their first five teams to bowl games.

The Red Raiders open the 2005 season Sat., Sept. 10, against Florida International at Jones SBC Stadium.

The Red-Black Game will be played April 16 at 1 p.m. at Jones SBC Stadium, preceded by the alumni game. The Red Raiders began spring practice March 23, and will conduct a total of 15 workouts, culminating April 18.

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