Mike Leach close to being named Wazzu’s head coach

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Almost exactly 24 hours after their head coach was fired, Washington State is closing in on a replacement for Paul Wulff.

At the press conference confirming Wulff’s firing Tuesday, athletic director Bill Moos acknowledged Mike Leach was on his short list of candidates.  Vince Grippi of the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported this afternoon that it’s much deeper, writing that Wazzu has made an official offer to the former Texas Tech head coach but he has not yet accepted it.

A source close to Leach confirmed to CFT a short while ago that there is “significant and meaningful interest on both sides”, and that Leach would “probably” accept the job if offered.  The source refused to confirm or deny that Leach has been offered the position.

An athletic department source told the Spokesman-Review that they expect Leach to accept the offer.

Leach has been out of coaching since being fired by Texas Tech amid the Adam/Craig James imbroglio.  He was close to being named Maryland’s new head coach a year later, but the Terrapins instead hired Randy Edsall.

The hiring of Leach would be a boon to a WSU football program that’s won just games the past seasons and has seen apathy set in among its fan base.

UPDATED 3:43 p.m. ET: CBS Sports.com‘s Bruce Feldman, who co-authored Leach’s 2011 book “Swing Your Sword”, tweeted just moments ago that “Leach has verbally agreed to be the head coach at Washington St.”

We’re now being told an official announcement from the school should take place either later today or tomorrow, pending the finalization of an agreement.