WSU opens wallet for Leach, staff

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos aimed high -- and paid big -- to get Mike Leach to Pullman, and he's not tightening the purse strings with Leach's staff, according to a report from Howie Stalwick. At least in terms of what the Cougars paid coaches in the past.

Leach will make $2.25 million this season. His predecessor, Paul Wulff, made a Pac-12-low $600,000 in 2011. Former defensive coordinator Chris Ball was Wulff's highest-paid assistant at $170,050. His replacement, Mike Breske, takes over the top spot on the Cougars staff at $325,000.

So, yes, Leach will make 3.75 times what Wulff made and Breske will nearly double Ball.

In fact, six of Leach's nine assistants will make more than Ball did.

The total for the staff is $1.8 million, an increase of nearly $600,000 from last year's staff. And the total for Leach and his staff -- $4.05 million -- dwarfs that of Wulff and his staff ($1.825 million).

And it doesn't stop there. Stalwick also reported that Leach's chief of staff, Dave Emerick, will pocket $150,000.

Says Moos: Thank you Larry Scott for all that TV money.

All the contracts are for one year, which does go against a recent trend of offering assistants multi-year deals. That means if Leach wants to make changes in 2013, the school won't be on the hook.

Here are the figures:

Mike Leach, head coach, $2.25 million

Mike Breske, defensive coordinator/DBs, $325,000

Eric Russell, assistant head coach/special teams, $225,000

Jeff Choate, linebackers, $210,000

Clay McGuire, offensive line, $200,000

Jim Mastro, running backs, $200,000

Joe Salave'a, defensive line, $175,000

Dennis Simmons, outside receivers, $160,000

Paul Volero, outside linebackers, $165,000

Eric Morris, inside receivers, $150,000