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Leach's contract extended, Grinch & Salave'a's too

MIKE LEACH's contract doesn't usually roll over until Dec. 31, but Washington State and Leach went ahead and announced it early on Tuesday: Leach's contract has been extended to 2020, WSU SID in a release.

Bill Moos announced Tuesday through the school he and Leach had agreed to the provision in Leach’s contract to extend the agreement an additional year through the 2020 season. (The rollover clause adds a year to Leach's contract after Dec. 31, so he will have a perpetual five-year contract, unless Moos or Leach notifies the other in writing before the end of the year they wish to opt out).

It was also announced on Tuesday that WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and d-line/assistant head coach Joe Salave'a have signed multi-year contracts with WSU.  The release did not offer any further details. (A reliable source tells CF.C Grinch's new contract runs through June 2018, Salave'a's through June 2017. Previously under Leach at WSU, assistant coaches' contracts have been one-year deals).

“Mike Leach and his entire staff have done a tremendous job in building our football program, and the goal is to keep moving forward,” said Moos in the release. “Cougar football has returned to the upper echelon of collegiate football where it most deservedly belongs. I believe I speak for all Cougar fans when I say we want Mike Leach leading our football program for many years to come.”

Washington State in Leach's fourth season at the helm went 9-4, capped by a victory in the 2015 Sun Bowl. The Cougars’ nine wins are the most since 2003 and included come-from-behind road victories at Rutgers, Oregon and No. 18 UCLA. Additionally, the Cougars are second in the nation in passing after finishing first in 2014 (3-9) and lead all FBS schools in red zone scoring.

Under Grinch Washington State generated 24 turnovers -- three times as many as the previous season. The defense also allowed nearly 11 fewer points, 26 fewer yards per game and recorded more sacks and tackles-for-loss than in 2014.

Under Salave'a, senior d-linemen Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo were named All-Pac-12 second team while second-year freshman Hercules Mata’afa was named USA Today’s All-Freshman first team and the Sun Bowl's outstanding lineman of the game.  The Cougars posted 7.8 tackles-for-loss per game, eighth nationally, while the 102 total TFLs were second-most in school history.

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