Boise State basketball coach Leon Rice turned down the Washington State job to remain at BSU, sources told ESPN and The Idaho Statesman newspaper of Boise. Rice and the Cougars have refused comment. It was learned Friday that Rice had interviewed with WSU athletic director Bill Moos.
Also Friday, school president Elson Floyd said the job had been offered to a candidate he did not name.
Rice, a WSU graduate, is regarded as an outstanding recruiter. Moos stressed the need for WSU’s next coach to be strong in recruiting.
Rice has revived Boise State’s basketball program, compiling a 77-54 record since leaving Gonzaga four years ago. ESPN and The Idaho Statesman reported that Rice has agreed to accept a raise and a five-year rollover contract from the Broncos.