Washington State interim athletic director John Johnson fully expects that Mike Leach will be on the sideline with the Cougars when they square off with Michigan State for the Holiday Bowl on December 28 in San Diego (6 p.m., FS1).
Michigan State will be making its first Holiday Bowl appearance and first appearance in California since the 2014 Rose Bowl Game when it defeated Stanford, 24-20.
Washington State: Fourth appearance in Holiday Bowl and second in a row, fourth bowl appearance in six years under coach Mike Leach. This year, the Spartans are 16th and Cougars 18th in the latest college football playoff rankings.
The Spartans completely reversed last season's 3-9 record with a young team that wasn't expected to do much.
The "off field issues" Harbaugh is referencing the are 13 players who left the team before the start of the 2017 season, including the four players dismissed after being charged for sexual assault.
The City Council proclaimed it "San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl 40th Game Day" on Monday in San Diego. The Cougars are 7-6 in bowl games all time. WSU hadn't publicly addressed the rumors before Sunday, when Johnson spoke with reporters on the phone to discuss the Holiday Bowl. "I'll just continue to concentrate on beating MI (and) let things sort of sort out". Today's game takes place from the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan and will air live on FS1.