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Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 5:58 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

UPDATE: Washington State athletic director Bill Moos formally announced Paul Wulff's termination at a news conference in Pullman on Tuesday. Moos said the search for Wulff's replacement was under way and former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is on his short list of candidates. 

FROM MONDAY: As expected, Wulff became the latest coaching casualty in the Pac-12, the third of the week and fourth of the season for the conference. Vince Grippi of the local Spokesman-Review reported the news Tuesday afternoon:



That report was quickly followed by an official announcement at the Washington State website. Athletic director Moos said that despite Sunday reports that Wulff had already been dismissed, he met with the coach Sunday and again Tuesday before reaching a decision.

"I determined the best path for Cougar football moving forward is to have a change of leadership," Moos said in the statement. "I appreciate all that Paul has done for Washington State football. He was hired with the objective of rebuilding this program and establishing a solid foundation. For that I thank him." 

Wulff leaves with a 9-40 overall mark in his four years in Pullman, the worst winning percentage in school history. But his teams had shown dramatic statistical improvement over those four seasons and 2011 was his best season yet--a 4-8 mark overall and two Pac-12 wins despite losing starting quarterback Jeff Tuel to an early-season collarbone injury. 

Moos would not establish any timetable for naming Wullf's replacement, saying only that he "expect(s) to name a successful candidate as soon as possible."


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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Tough year for PAC12 football coaches. Four out of 12 will have new faces for 2012 season. Good luck to Arizona, ASU, WSU and UCLA. Hope you find the best available to turn your programs aroud. Also a tough time of the year to be let go but that's why they signed on the dotted line.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

To Texexnv,
   I'm not sure on what you are basing your characterization of Leach.  His leaving Texas Tech had to do with a brat whose ESPN media father put pressure on the school.  He didn't think his brat was getting enough playing time.  Let's face it.  ESPN is driving sports TV right now.  I will not watch a game in which his dad is broadcasting.  If he is the announcer for OU's bowl game I will turn off the sound and listen to it on the radio.  Leach is a brilliant coach and a well educated attorney.
  



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Totally agree with big daddy. Great fit for the Cougs and the pac 12. If they get Leach, I predict 9 wins and a showdown for the north title next year. They have a stud soph quarterback from Spokane named Halliday who threw for 500 yards in his first start. See what he can do with Leach coaching him.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:50 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Leach would be a good hire for Wazzu for several reasons.  First, he is a "name" head coach and can compete in the recruiting wars which are always very tough in the Pac 12.  Next, he has QB Tuel returning, along with 17 players on defense that are in the top 2 tiers of the depth charts.  He also has 14 underclassmen returining on offense.  Leach would be very good for the wide open style of football that is played in the Pac 12.  The Pac 12 is an offensive minded conference.  Leach can succeed in the Pac 12, where he could not in the SEC, a defensive minded conference.  Next season Wazzu has a soft non-con schedule that includes a game vs Eastern Washington and a game at UNLV.  Their conference home schedule is doable with games against California, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.  A 6 win season and bowl eligability is within reach.  This would be a good hire for Wazzu.



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:38 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Hard to believe a classy school like this is even considering a scuz bucket like the leach. Better shop around some.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:55 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Cool....I hope Mike gets a job in the Pac-12....it's better suited for his flag football offense than the SEC....



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:49 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

That's it.  Somebody hire Leach so that we can have proof once again that this guy likes to build teams that have offensive prowess but really don't do anything on defense.  All that amounts to is teams that pile up a lot of fantasy statistics and mediocre records.  Leach doesn't get it that real winners play defense.   



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:13 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Cheer up!! Leach won in Lubbock, Texas he can win anywhere. Pullman is going to seem like a paradise compared to the wasteland of the west Texas plains/desert.  His offensive style will fit in as well with the Pac 12's.  He will probably have them finishing in third in the North within 3 years and competing with Oregon for titles once in awhile. 



Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:55 am
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

Leach can't even find Pullman on a map nor can anyone else, unless they do some major upgrades to their football facilities, they may as well look into Div II or III coaches or some Northwest Hotshot High School coach for there next head coach,



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Wulff fired; Leach on Washington St. short list

What is wrong with New Castle? In the 60's 70's and early 80's New Castle was one of the best programs in the Country and is still one of the wiiningest programs in all of football.


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