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After four seasons, Washington State coach Mike Leach is No. 4 on Pac-12 tenure list, No. 33 nationally

BEING A college football head coach is not often a long term proposition. In the Pac-12, Mike Leach's four seasons at Washington State already place him high up the coaching list in terms of tenure.

Leach will enter the 2016 season as the Pac-12's fourth-longest tenured coach. He is also the 33rd-longest tenured head coach in the FBS based on hire date.

Only one Pac-12 coach, Utah's Kyle Whittingham, took the helm before 2011 (also the same year Utah and Colorado joined the Pac-12).

Leach's WSU contract rolled over for another year this past December, with Leach now signed through 2020 at Washington State.

Leach stayed 10 years at his first head coaching job at Texas Tech.

Here's when the Pac-12 coaches were hired:

1. Dec. 9, 2004, Kyle Whittingham, Utah
2. Jan. 13, 2011, David Shaw, Stanford
3. Nov. 21, 2011, Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
4. Nov. 30, 2011, Mike Leach, Washington State
5. Dec. 10, 2011, Jim Mora, UCLA
6. Dec. 14, 2011, Todd Graham, Arizona State
7. Dec. 5, 2012, Sonny Dykes, California
8. Dec. 10, 2012, Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
9. Jan. 20, 2013, Mark Helfrich, Oregon
10. Dec. 6, 2013, Chris Petersen, Washington
11. Dec. 10, 2014, Gary Andersen, Oregon State
10. Nov. 30, 2015, Clay Helton, Southern California

With the retirement of Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech, the longest tenured coaches in the FBS are Bob Stoops and Kirk Ferentz. They have been at Oklahoma and Iowa, respectively, since the 1999 season. <br><br>

The longest tenured FBS coaches:
1. Dec. 1, 1998: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
2. Dec. 2, 1998: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
3. Dec. 8, 2000: Gary Patterson, Texas Christian
4. Dec. 9, 2004, Kyle Whittingham, Utah
5. Dec. 16, 2004: Frank Solich, Ohio
6. Jan. 2, 2005: Les Miles, LSU
7. Jan. 3, 2005, Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
8. Dec. 12, 2005, Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
9. July 7, 2006, Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern 
10. November 27, 2006, Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

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