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Mike Leach, former Texas Tech Coach, and new Washington State U. Coach

Mike Leach

Sportshistory:

Mike Leach:

Washington State University Football Coach

Mike Leach Coaching Record.

Mike Leach became Texas Tech's Head Coach in 2000. Since then, he has enjoyed success in each season, and has taken the Red Raiders to Bowl Games each year. His Bowl Game record since 2000 is 5 wins, with 4 losses. Mike Leach is known for his fondness for pirate lore and legend, and for using pirate metaphors and stories as inspiration for his players.

Mike Leach was fired by Texas Tech prior to the Alamo Bowl game after allegations that he mistreated one of his players.

Since his firing, Leach has not returned to coaching, instead working in broadcasting. Mike Leach worked at CBS College Sports Network, and co-hosted co-host the "College Football Playbook" on SiriusXM College Sports Nation Channel 91.

In November, 2011, Mike Leach's name was mentioned as a possible replacement should Washington State University coach Paul Wulff be fired. On November 30, 2011, the hiring of Mike Leach as the new Washington State University football coach was announced by WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos.

The effect among WSU Cougar football fans was immediate. Within days of Mike Leach's hiring by Washington State, the now-famous tradition of flying the Cougar flag on ESPN Gameday took place with an added dimension: A pirate emblem (in homage to pirate-loving Mike Leach), was seen flying in the background of an ESPN Gameday broadcast.

.WSU Cougar Pirate Flag ESPN

WSU Cougar Pirate Flag on ESPN Gameday

 

View the video of the Mike Leach-inspired WSU Cougar Pirate Flag on ESPN Gameday

Year

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Pct.

Bowl Games

Bowl Record

2000

Texas Tech

7

6

0

0.53846

Houston Bowl

Loss

2001

Texas Tech

7

5

0

0.58333

Alamo Bowl

Loss

2002

Texas Tech

9

5

0

0.64286

Tangerine Bowl

Win

2003

Texas Tech

8

5

0

0.61538

Houston Bowl

Win

2004

Texas Tech

8

4

0

0.66667

Holiday Bowl

Win

2005

Texas Tech

9

3

0

0.75

Cotton Bowl

Loss

2006

Texas Tech

8

5

0

0.61538

Insight Bowl

Win

2007

Texas Tech

9

4

0

0.69231

Gator Bowl

Win

2008

Texas Tech

11

2

0

0.84615

Cotton Bowl

Loss

2009

Texas Tech

8

4

0

0.66667

Alamo Bowl

N/A

Totals

84

43

0

.66142

Bowl Record: 5-4

Sources and References on Mike Leach:

http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/bowl_history_texas_tech.html

ESPN Bowls Page

Alamo Bowl Reacts to Leach Suspension

Washington State Cougs Hire Mike Leach to Lead Football Back to Glory Days--SportsHistory, Nov. 30, 2011

Mike Leach agrees to coach Cougars--ESPN, Nov. 30, 2011

Leach to WSU: Moos shoots... he scores--ESPN, Nov. 30, 2011

Pori Bears American Football Team: English Website

 

 

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