A closer look at Mike Leach's contract

THE MOST LUCRATIVE employee contract in Washington State University history has the potential to become significantly more lucrative if the football team reaches any of a number of goals that activate bonuses for new coach Mike Leach.

In addition to annual compensation of $2,250,000 for five years, Leach will take home another $100,000 if the Cougars either win the Pacific-12 Conference title game, play in a Bowl Championship Series non-title game bowl or finish in the top 10 in any of the four major polls.

Should the Cougars play for the BCS title, that's worth $200,000 to Leach.

A non-BCS bowl pays Leach $75,000. He'll rake in $50,000 if the Cougars win the Pac-12 North Division or crack a final Top 25 poll, of if Leach wins a national coach of the year award.

A Pac-12 coach of the year award would earn Leach $25,000, as would an Apple Cup win over Washington. Leach's Texas Tech teams had impressive academic accomplishments, and Leach will earn $25,000 if the Cougars have the top graduation rate among Pac-12 public schools. A top-four showing would pay $15,000.

Leach's contract also provides him with one of the smallest (12 seats) of the three types of being suites being constructed at Martin Stadium, plus 20 tickets to every football game. He gets two courtesy vehicles, one country club or health club membership and the right to distribute net proceeds from WSU's summer football camps in any manner he chooses.

The contract has a rollover provision that keeps Leach under contract for five years unless he or the school opt out of that arrangement. If Leach chose to leave WSU before completing the first five years of the contract, he would owe the school $2,250,000 less $450,000 for each year he coaches until there would be no cost to Leach after five years.

If Leach was "terminated without cause," he would be owed 60 percent ($1.2 million) of his base annual salary of $2 million for each year remaining on his contract.

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