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Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:10 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 9:40 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Vince Grippi, of the Spokesman-Review, reports that Wulff and athletic director Bill Moos met on Sunday to discuss the football program.  Wulff's regular media availability was canceled, but the discussions with Moos will continue on Monday.  Moos is reportedly interesting in hearing Wulff's "assessment of the season and where he would like to take the program from here." 

Washington State head coach Paul Wulff is expected to be dismissed according to a local report, possibly as early Sunday or Monday.

The Seattle Times, citing sources close to the situation, report Wulff will be dismissed in a meeting with athletic director Bill Moos "barring a last-minute change of direction." The Cougars finished their season with a 38-21 loss to Washington in the Apple Cup on Saturday.

If the reports are true, Wulff will finish with a 9-40 record in four years as the head coach in Pullman. His .184 winning percentage is the worst in college football, and the worst in Washington State school history. Moos has been WSU's athletic director for 18 months, and reportedly has big plans to refresh and revive the football program.  With an $80 million stadium remodeling project and new football offices in the plans, it's not surprising they want to make a change to help encourage donations.  

The same Seattle Times report indicated that former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach is likely to be at the top of Washington State's list for replacements. Leach has made it clear he would like to return to coaching, but the sword swinger has not been involved with any detailed negotiations.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-1 start this season, including picking up their second road win in the Paul Wulff era at Colorado. But dropping seven of their final eight games might not be enough to keep Wulff safe for another year in Pullman.

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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:28 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Will someone please hire the PIRATE! 

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:39 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Mike Stoops is the perfect hire for this job.  He turned the cellar-dweller Arizona Wildcats into a bowl team within three years, and knows Pac 12 football.  Besides, he'd have the "revenge" factor going anytime the Cougs and Cats played.  After he takes Wazzou to three consecutive bowls (like he did at Arizona) the Cougars can fire him, and hire RichRod who by that time will have failed miserably at Tucson U.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:20 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Sarkisian at Washington safe and rightfully so, sure the defense has underachieved but he took a program that went 0-12 to 4 wins, 6 wins and now 7 wins, a second consecutive bowl appearance, a win over Nebraska in their bowl last year.
Jake Locker improved by leaps and bounds in the short time Sark was his coach, Keith Price looks like a heck of a QB too so I think Sark is safe, as is Kiffin at USC.
As for Singletary liking to run,run,run yeah you HAVE to run to set up the pass! If an opposing defense doesn't respect your running game they won't bit on play action or fakes of any kind and you had then better have one hell of a line to give your QB all the time in the world to sit back and pass and you also better have great receivers who can always get open because otherwise without a commitment to the run your offense is going nowhere!
I don't know the particulars of the San Francisco situation but I don't see Singletary telling Martz that he wanted to call offensive plays that just doesn't make sense, he may have some input as far as situationally what they would do but really you let a guy like Martz do his thing and you focus on the defense.
Let's also not forget that Alex Smith is not Kurt Warner and you didn't have the receivers the caliber of what Martz had in St. Louis nor did you have a back the caliber of Marshall Faulk either in San Francisco.
When you've got guys like Bruce, Holt, Proehl & Faulk with Warner leading them it's easy to become the "greatest show on turf" when you don't have those weapons it's not easy and m ay be downright impossible.
Alex Smith is acquitting himself well this year but I think that's because he has a hard nosed, former QB as his coach who is going to work with him and the rest of the offense and allow his defensive coordinator to handle the defense.
Harbaugh has done some great things for Smith and he is starting to show why the Niners took him with the #1 pick. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:11 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

As far as Petersen getting kids to come & play for a "loser", how do you think Howard Schnellenberger built Miami?
The Hurricanes were FAR worse than the Cougs when Schnellenberger took over and had NO history of winning at all.
Now true Schnellenberger had Coral Gables & Miami - the city as a big sell to kids like Jim Kelly who were playing in cold western Pennsylvania in High school but really it was a leap of faith Kelly made and I'm sure Schnellenberger had to work hard to get Kelly to commit to a "loser" but he did it.
The same can be said for any coach who takes over at Wazzu, sure they've been down the past 4 years Wulff has been head coach but they were at least middle of the pack when Doba was coach and won consistently when Mike Price was coach and won hwen Dennis Erickson was coach as well.
Someone like Petersen or Dan Hawkins who are passing oriented coaches which fits in very well with the Cougs current personnel and who know the area, who've recruited the area, who've called it home for a substantial amount of time those are the coaches who are going to succeed at Wazzu.
As close as Moos is to Bellotti, I just don't see him taking the job at Wazzu and to be honest I would hire Petersen before Bellotti, you don't have the baggage that Bellotti brings, would most likely cost the same salary wise, Petersen is younger, would be a fresh yet successful face for the program for years to come and I think he's the better hire.
Now as for Hawkins, you'd have to see why it went wrong in Colorado for him and then carefully weigh both he & Bellotti but again Hawkins doesn't bring the NCAA sanction baggage Bellotti does & for all intents & purposes he ran clean programs at Boise & Colorado.
One thing we know, the next coach is going to be a big name, not a hot shot assistant but a big name, with an 80 million dollar renovation of Martin Stadium I think they would want to get Coug fans even more excited and if you can come up with the money to renovate the stadium you should be able to come up with the money to bring in a top tier coach because it will be an investment well made. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Every PAC 12 coach will get fired except for Shaw and Tedford....but Tedford should have been fired 3 years ago. Bring back Tom Holmoe, Steve Mariucci....anyone! Anyone is better than Jeff Tedford. Tedford has become as innovative as Mike Martz....and we all know how boring Martz has been since he got fired by the Rams. When Martz ran the 49ers offense he mad Mike Singletary's offensive playcalling look smart, hip and exicting....and Singletary only liked to run some more.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:40 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Wulff is to WSU what Willingham was to Washington, a decent guy who just couldn't get it done as a coach (but stabilized the program.) Moos won't screw around with the next coach and he will have the pull to land a big name. I would be worried over Bellotti getting another program in the PAC-12 as he is the real reason Oregon is where it is? Leach would be a great coach but recruiting would be an issue for him to start. Peterson would be an excellent feather in the cap for the program but he would be then competing for talent with BSU and nobody wants to play for a loser? tough sell right now, if a coach has the time to take the program where its at and build it over a few years they could turn WSU around pretty quick? (I must admit I'd love to see Moos and Bellotti take a WSU team to Oregon and stomp on Kelly - that would make my day.)

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 4:39 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State


Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 4:38 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Ok, if you're going to go for a big name that isn't Bellotti why not make a run at Chris Petersen at Boise? 
I know you'll say I'm crazy but think about this, nothing is set in stone that Boise is going to be in a BCS conference next season and more than anything they want to be able to play for the National Title.
Coaching Wazzu gets Petersen that AND it's not as if Pullman is that far from Boise (6 hour drive), it's almost a straight shot south from Pullman which tells me that they recruit the same kids so Petersen would know the coahes and the recruiting area too.
Now if that wouldn't work how about Kevin Sumlin at Houston? great offensive mind, a pass first coach (which mirrors the Cougars players so not a lot of extra recruiting or having to bloe it up), same situation as Boise as far as conference affiliation goes he would be a great selection, let's also not forget that short drive, easy to move his family too which not many people take into consideration with a coaching change.
Here's another name nobody is talking about: Dan Hawkins, he built Boise into what it is today, he's a passing oriented coach also so again not a lot of extra recruiting, he also knows the area from his time at Boise and the coaches so recruiting the area for him would come easy. 
Sure Leach is the "Mad Pirate" but does his personality fit in at Wazzu, he also better have a great recruiting coordinator because I don't think he knows the area well and he's an odd personality how will that play with rural families in Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho which is the recruting base for the Cougs?
The point is that there are options, lots of options and Wazzu isn't the bad job people make it out to be or so hard to recruit to, I mean heck if Boise State can recruit to Boise which is FAR from a major metropolitan area then WHY can't Wazzu recruit to Pullman?
Don't settle and go after the best coaches available which will also put your program into the drivers seat is what i'm saying. 

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 4:24 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

Well played, slappy. Moron. Seems like only yesterday that the Fuskies were 0-12 and paying Willingham millions. Or are they still? Leach would be great for the Cougs. Get him. Or Bellotti.  

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 3:38 pm

Report: Paul Wulff done at Washington State

9-40 is pretty good for the cougars!

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