WSU defensive position coach Joe Salave’a is leaving Pullman to develop into defensive position coach at Oregon
Washington State defensive position coach Joe Salave’a is probably going leaving to take the identical place beneath Willie Taggart’s new employees at Oregon, the Seattle Occasions confirmed Monday night by way of sources near the state of affairs.
Aaron Fentress of CSN Northwest broke the information Monday afternoon, reporting that Salave’a visited Eugene earlier this month and that the Geese are near hiring him away from WSU if they will efficiently come to a deal.
Salave’a departure can be an enormous blow to WSU due to his recruiting prowess.
Salave’a joined Mike Leach’s WSU employees in 2012, and has been integral in WSU’s recruiting efforts ever since. He opened a pipeline for WSU to American Samoa, and developed present Philadelphia Eagles defensive deal with Future Vaeao, whereas teaching Hercules Mata’afa to Freshman All-American honors in 2015.
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Per the details of a previous contract extension Salave’a signed with WSU in November 2015, the Cougars’ defensive line coach made $375,000 last year, and as of Jan. 1, would have made $400,000 at WSU through June 30, 2018.
Salave’a would join new Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt’s staff, which also includes former Lousiville safeties coach Keith Heyward, and cornerbacks coach Charles Clark, who followed Leavitt to Oregon from Colorado.
Salave’a’s impending departure is surprising because before the Cougars’ bowl game, he signed a contract extension that on paper, would keep him at WSU through June 2019. In December, Salave’a also denied rumors that he might be interested in joining Taggart’s staff in Eugene. He has previously turned down overtures from USC and UW.
When asked on Christmas Eve whether he saw himself at WSU long term, Salave’a told the Seattle Times, “We all signed up five years ago to build this program into what it is now, we’re all motivated as coaches in different ways. Some are motivated by money, some are motivated by the process. The intriguing thing here for me was being part of the process.”
“I was told by a coach once, if you truly want to get a feel for a job, you go to a place where you truly need to teach and truly need to wear different hats,” Salave’a said in that interview after the Cougars’ final bowl practice. “That’s how WSU came about. It was…