Leach tells CF.C he'll enact rollover clause

PULLMAN – More than a few Washington State football fans -- as well as non-Cougar fans -- have wondered if a big-name coach like Mike Leach will stay in Pullman for long. But Leach told Cougfan.com on Monday he "absolutely" intends to transform his original contract into a five-year rollover deal next month.

The rollover clause, part of the five-year contract Leach signed when he came to WSU after the 2011 season, stipulates that Leach and athletic director Bill Moos come to an agreement by Dec. 31 of Leach's second season.

The clause adds a year to Leach's contract at the end of each season, so he will have a perpetual five-year contract.

"We've got a lot of work to do here," Leach said. "I don't really think about contracts. I just go to work every day."

"Mike Leach wants to be a Cougar and we want him to be a Cougar," Moos said on his weekly radio show earlier in the day.

Leach's second Cougars team has one more win than his first team with three games left to play. The 4-5 Cougars need to win two or their remaining three regular-season games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2003.

Leach owns a 7-14 record with the rebuilding Cougars. He makes a school-record $2.25 million a year.

Moos, a former WSU football star, said it is important for recruits to know the head coach has job security.

"Whether people (fans) think it or not, an individual comes to play at a university because of the relationship with the coach, the style of play and those kinds of things," Moos said.

"To know that the coach has some longevity to their contract is very important to the prospect."

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