Joe Salave'a reportedly in as d-line coach

ALTHOUGH HE HAS yet to be officially announced, a report says former Arizona Wildcats assistant Joe Salave'a is headed to Washington State where he'll coach the defensive line.

The Arizona Daily Star reported this week that Salave'a was listed in the WSU faculty and staff directory as a "football assistant" under head coach Mike Leach. The entry has since been removed.

The Cougars have yet to formally announce Salave'a's hire, or the hire of any assistant football coach, but widely reported as having joined Mike Leach in addition to Salave'a are: Jim Mastro from UCLA, running backs; Clay McGuire from East Carolina, offensive line; Eric Morris from Houston, inside receivers; Eric Russell from Tennessee, special teams; Dennis Simmons from East Carolina, outside receivers; Mike Smith from the NY Jets, linebackers; Paul Voler, formerly of West Virginia and Central Michigan, undetermined responsibilities though defensive backs would seem to be the case.

Salave'a, 36, played defensive tackle at the UA from 1994-97, and for nine seasons (1998-2006) in the NFL. Salave'a coached the defensive line at San Jose State from 2008-09; Arizona hired him following the 2010 regular season as their d-tackle coach.

Salave'a, a native of Leone, American Samoa, will recruit the islands for WSU and assumedly strengthen the Polynesian pipeline that has been building at WSU.

The Cougars would appear to have one spot left to fill -- defensive coordinator. Recent speculation has centered around Louisiana Tech's Tommy Spangler with the thought it would come to fruition after the team's bowl appearance last week. But there has been word, leading some to wonder if there is another candidate still embroiled in bowl preparations.

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