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UPDATE: Leach quickly shot down a FootballScoop.com report that North Carolina State representatives had contacted him about their opening. Later, FootballScoop.com and CBSSports.com both reported that Leach had informed them by text the report was inaccurate. "They haven't talked to me and I'm really happy here," CBSSports.com reported. "Leach said he's very happy and staying at WSU," FootballScoop.com reported. Leach's high profile and history of success at Texas Tech makes him a live target for job rumors. FootballScoop.com reported that North Carolina State officials have spoken with Leach. Pete Roussel at CoachingSearch.com said, "NC State contacting Mike Leach (or his representative) is 100% inaccurate." Two weeks ago, Leach gave an emphatic "Yes" when asked if he definitely will coach the Cougars next year. At that time, Leach said he had not been contacted in regard to other jobs. Leach could not be reached for comment Sunday. He joined school president Elson Floyd at midfield to accept the Apple Cup trophy after the game Friday. "I can't say enough about Dr. Floyd and (athletic director) Bill Moos for bringin' me here," Leach told a mob of cheering fans. For the record, Leach would have to pay WSU $2.25 million -- his annual pay, minus the $25,000 bonus he received for winning the Apple Cup -- if he resigned before the end of the year. He would owe $1.8 million if he left in 2013, with the buyout dropping in subsequent years. WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate has drawn interest from Idaho. Vandals athletic director Rob Spear said he's down to five finalists, but he did not give any names. Interim coach Jason Gesser, the former WSU quarterback who replaced ex-WSU assistant coach Robb Akey when he was fired during Idaho's 1-11 season, said he will receive a second interview. Akey attended the Apple Cup on Friday. "I'm on vacation!" Akey roared in his customary upbeat manner. Regarding his job prospects, Akey said, "I'm sure something will come up." Todd Howard, let go at WSU last season and at UCLA the year before that, has been fired as defensive line coach at California. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik is one of five Bears assistants who have been retained, at least temporarily, after the dismissal of head coach Jeff Tedford. Michalczik played for the Cougars. Jody Sears, awarded a three-year contract as head coach at Weber State after going 2-9 as a last-minute interim head coach this season, named Timm Rosenbach his offensive coordinator. Sears and Rosenbach are former WSU players and assistant coaches. Rosenbach spent one season at Montana as offensive coordinator. He was hired by former WSU assistant Robin Pflugrad, who was fired prior to the season. Elsewhere in the Big Sky, former WSU football operations assistant Mike Kramer fired ex-Cougars star Derrick Roche as offensive line coach at Idaho State. Former WSU coach Mike Price, who announced his resignation at Texas-El Paso last week, said he was "100 percent in support of Andre Patterson" as his successor. Patterson assisted Price at UTEP and WSU. Miners athletic director Bob Stull said Patterson, UTEP's defensive coordinator, would be interviewed.
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