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Raises for Mike Leach, WSU football staff including strength coach

MIKE LEACH, his nine assistant coaches and Washington State's strength coach have received raises totaling $575,000, according to a Seattle Times article.

The biggest chunk of the raises went to Leach after leading WSU to a 9-4 record and Sun Bowl victory this past season. Leach received a $200,000 raise to $2.95 million. Bill Moos announced back in December that Leach's rollover clause had been triggered and he was signed to WSU through the 2020 season. Moos also at that time announced defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and d-line coach Joe Salave'a had signed multi-year contracts.   

Grinch will make $575,000 in 2016, a $150,000 raise over last season. Grinch's new contract now runs through June 2018, with the Times reporting his base salary increases to $600,000 in '17, and to $625,000 in 2018.

There is also a buyout clause of $500,000 if Grinch leaves WSU for another school or before June 30, 2017, and  $250,000 between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. 

But the Times reports the buyout shrinks to zero if Grinch leaves to become a head coach at another program. 

Salave'a will make $375,000 this year, a raise of $50,000.  His new deal also calls for a $25,000 raise to $400,000 in 2017. 

The other WSU coaches operate on one-year contracts and all returning coaches received raises. O-line coach Clay McGuire will be WSU's third-highest paid assistant coach in 2016, making $276,500 after a raise of $40,000. Outside linebackers coach Roy Manning received a $35,000 raise to $271,500.

Reflecting the trend in college football and the Power 5 when it comes to strength coach compensation, WSU's Jason Loscalzo will make $251,500 this season, a raise of $25,000. New outside receivers coach Dave Nichol will also make $251,500, a $40,000 raise over OWRs coach Graham Harrell's salary last year.

Linebackers coach Ken Wilson received a $30,000 raise bringing his base salary to $246,500.  Running backs coach Jim Mastro will make $236,500 after a $10,000 raise, new inside receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard will make $226,500, $16,500 less than former IWRs coach Dave Yost's base salary of $243,000 last season, and special teams coach Eric Mele's contract calls for a base salary of $201,500 in 2016, a raise of $10,000.

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