It has been a long day for a lot of people, one that started early this morning, and including what for Bill Moos was quite possibly the toughest meeting he's ever held as an athletic director, when he had to tell Paul Wulff he was no longer Washington State's football coach. We've finally put together our report for tomorrow's S-R. Read on.
• We have our links for you tonight, including our main story on Wulff's dismissal along with reaction from him and the players and a listing of coaches that just might be on Moos' list – and yes, he really has a list. There was some news today that might change that a bit, in that Moos said Dirk Koetter used to be on his list, but in talking with the former Boise State and Arizona State head coach, he was convinced Koetter was happy in the NFL. Well, the Jacksonville Jaguars just fired Koetter's boss today, Jack Del Rio, so my guess is there's another name on that ever-evolving list (more on Koetter below). Moos said he wants a coach who believes in a modern offense, who is willing to throw the ball around and score a bunch of points. That is, according to Moos, what gets the fans excited and getting them excited is something Moos wants. But he also understands that winning championships is a product of a dominating defense, and he wants to win championships as well – or at least get to bowl games for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is all the extra practices. … Before we call it a night, we have a few more links, including a couple of videos from WSU of Moos' press conference and Wulff's that followed a few minutes afterward. … The Seattle Times' Bud Withers had this story, while freelancer Howie Stalwick has this piece in the News Tribune. CougCenter has two pieces by Brian Floyd on Moos' press conference and Wulff's presser. … Here is the little nugget I wrote on Dirk Koetter before dropping it when Moos said he wasn't a candidate …
• Dirk Koetter
Former Arizona State and Boise State head coach played quarterback at Idaho State and was the offensive coordinator at five schools, including Oregon when Moos was in Eugene.
Koetter was extremely successful at Boise, where he posted a 26-10 record, but not as much in Tempe, though he took the Sun Devils to four bowl games.
He is currently the offensive coordinator in for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pros: Knows the Pac-12 and the Northwest well.
Cons: Has not been a popular figure in his coaching stops and was fired at ASU after a 7-5 regular season.
• Here's the Moos presser …
• And the Wulff presser …
• That's it for tonight. We'll be back sometime in the morning. Until then …