Tech Inks Leach to New Deal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/04

Tech Inks Leach to New Deal

Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach, who has led the Red Raiders to bowl games in each of his four seasons at Tech, has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay him over $1 million per year through the 2008 season.

"I am pleased that Mike has signed an extension to his contract to coach the Red Raiders through the 2008 season," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers said. "Mike has done an outstanding job of building an exciting program for our students, alumni and fans. We are looking forward to many years of Red Raider football under Coach Leach and his staff."

During the course of Leach's four seasons at Texas Tech, the football program has seen a growth in attendance, ticket sales, revenue and success. The school set an average attendance record during the 2003 season when 49,608 fans attended each of Tech's six home games. Tech averaged 45,894 fans per game during the 1999 season, a year prior to Leach's arrival.

Nationally, Leach's offense continues to lead the NCAA, having won passing titles in 2002 and 2003 and the total offense title in 2003. His program has produced the nation's leading quarterback each of the last two seasons, including B.J. Symons, who set the NCAA single-season passing yardage record in 2003.

The Red Raiders tied the program's longest bowl appearance streak at four games after last season's appearance at the Houston Bowl. Tech won the game for its second-straight bowl win, the first such streak in school history. The Red Raiders won the Tangerine Bowl in 2002, following appearances in the galleryfurniture.com and Alamo bowls in 2000 and 2001, respectively.

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