The school said Wednesday that the former Texas Tech coach agreed in principle to a five-year contract.
Leach will be paid a base annual salary of $2 million, with supplemental income of $250,000 a year, plus performance incentives, athletic director Bill Moos said.
The 50-year-old Leach was 84-43 at Texas Tech, leading the Red Raiders to 10 bowl appearances in 10 seasons. He was fired in 2009 amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion.
He replaces Paul Wulff, who was fired Tuesday after four losing seasons.
KENTUCKY: The Southeastern Conference said it will fine the university $50,000 after fans rushed the field after the Wildcats’ 10-7 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.
The fine is part of the SEC’s seven-year policy that limits access to “competition areas.” The penalties include $5,000 to first offense and up to $50,000 for third and subsequent offenses.
The SEC says Kentucky has violated the policy four previous times after football games in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Kentucky beat Tennessee for the first time in 26 years to cap a 5-7 season.
PENN STATE: The Nittany Lions could have a replacement for fired coach Joe Paterno by the end of the year.
School president Rod Erickson said Wednesday the school hopes to have a new coach in place by the Nittany Lions’ bowl game.
BAYLOR: Quarterback Robert Griffin III has practiced this week with no lingering effects from the concussion-like symptoms that knocked the Heisman Trophy hopeful out of the 19th-ranked Bears’ last game.
“I was able out to get back out there and let myself know I was OK,” Griffin said Wednesday.
The Bears (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) play their regular season finale at home Saturday against Texas (7-4, 4-4).