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Paul Wulff officially dismissed by Wazzu

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After three days of discussions, deliberations and meetings, Washington State has finally made offical what’s been two-plus years in the making.

In a release, athletic director Bill Moos announced that Paul Wulff has been relieved of his coaching duties.  Moos said in his statement that he and Wulff held a lengthy meeting Sunday, then informed the coach this morning of his decision to move in another direction.

“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,” Moos said in a statement.

“We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately. I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name a successful candidate as soon as possible.”

Wulff has won just nine of his 49 games in his four years as the Cougars’ head coach, and has seemingly been on the coaching hot seat for more than two of those seasons.  Oddly enough, Wulff compiled his best season record-wise this year as WSU went 4-8, which is just one victory shy of the team’s total for the first three years of his tenure combined.

It had previously been reported that former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach would be at the top of Moos’ coaching shopping list upon Wulff’s firing.

Incidentally, Wulff becomes the 17th coach who started the 2011 season in charge on the sidelines but will not return in the same capacity for their school in 2012.  You can click HERE and keep up with every spin of this year’s coaching carousel.

UPDATED 8:49 p.m. ET: Wulff, who played at WSU in the 80s, was far from pleased with the fact that he was given the boot by his alma mater.

“The great thing about Washington State University and being a Cougar is we don’t do it like everybody else,” Wulff said, his voice thick with emotion. “We stick together and don’t eat our own.

“I believe the innocence of WSU has been lost today.”

OK then…

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11 Responses to “Paul Wulff officially dismissed by Wazzu”
  1. emeraldcityfan says: Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    Woo Hoo!!

    Why there was any discussion about a 9-40 coach keeping his job is beyond me.

  2. mydixienormus says: Nov 29, 2011 2:52 PM

    I recommend interviewing the coaching candidates in any city other than Pullman, WA.

    For anyone wondering, imagine the smallest town you can think of surounded by rolling hills of wheat.

    You are 100 miles from the nearest civilization which is Spokane, WA. Spokane has 500,000 inhabitants if it is lucky.

    http://entomology.wsu.edu/personal/bill_snyder/palouse.html

    One more thing: The weather sucks there too.

    In the word of Courtney Williams, an ex-defensive back from Los Angeles who left with academic problems. “WSU is a hard school to go to, man,” Williams says. “You ain’t got nothin’ to do but get drunk and smoke weed, and not go to class because you’re too tired from doing what you’re doing.”

    Read more: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/55072-tough-times-for-new-wsu-coach#ixzz1f7rLqcGN

  3. thekatman says: Nov 29, 2011 3:23 PM

    I hear Rick Neuheisal is looking for another job.
    While being interviewed onThe Dan Patrick Show this morning he was offered custodial duty after the Dan Patrick Show is done for the day, and maybe join in on the Dannettes.

    I hear he’s a pistol.

    Fight On brothers and sisters!
    Beat everybody!

  4. mydixienormus says: Nov 29, 2011 3:25 PM

    What about Ryan Leaf??????

  5. mydixienormus says: Nov 29, 2011 3:27 PM

    The Pirate would be the best fit for the Cougs. Hands down!

    If you get out of line, he will lock you in an electrical closet. That’s the kind of discipline the cougs need!

  6. rlr79 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    Wouldn’t this be a great place to revive Jim Tressels career. Little team in a big boy conference. Not a lot of media scrutiny. Way off the beaten path away from handlers, agents, middlemen, and other temptations. And if you just get this team 8-4 and to a bowl (something Tressel could easily do) you would all of the sudden become relevant again. Its the proverbial foot in the door again. The relations wouldn’t be long but at least both parties would help each other relevant again.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:48 PM

    Leach needs to wait for Kansas.

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:49 PM

    Is it my imagination or are there a lot more coaching vacancies this year than normal? I’m sure glad tOSU was able to sign Urban Meyer before somebody else made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. In addition, is there any job out there for which Mike Leach is not considered a candidate?

  9. joerevs300 says: Nov 29, 2011 6:48 PM

    I’ve never been a HC at the CFB level before, but I bet the odds are I could win 9 games out of 49.

    And get paid nearly $1m (or more) to do it.

    Hey WSU, if you’re hiring, I’ve written plenty of plays in my own “notebook” ala “The Waterboy”. And I hear there are good parties at WSU, so there’s my recruiting angle.

    Just exhibit 1000+ of how ridiculous CFB has gotten: Throwing tons of money at unproven coaches who flop miserably yet you have to hang onto them because of said financial commitment.

  10. sssjim7 says: Nov 29, 2011 7:00 PM

    Hrm… the thing I don’t understand is why a school would go after a coach that was fired from his last job… if he couldn’t make it at one school, why in the world would someone think he could coach at another?

    Time to bring in some fresh coaches… lots of good ones at the JC level… young, still excited about coaching…

    And you wouldn’t have to pay them much the first couple years while they get their feet wet and find out if they can make it or not.

    Schools could make 2/3 of their salaries based on incentives… and no long term contracts until after 3-4 years on the job…

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  11. mashoaf says: Nov 30, 2011 11:26 AM

    4 loosing seasons with 1 season of 4 wins is all you get when your school decides not to pay for a coach. Wulff only made $551,670 in a big boy conference. There basketball coach makes more money than Wulff. The Cougars need to really evaluate what they are going to pay there next coach or they’re going to be stuck with the University of Montana Coach this time around.

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