About midway into Idaho's final spring scrimmage, Paull Wulff and his family sat down just below the press box at the Kibbie Dome. He was in Moscow to take in some football, and near the end he talked with the S-R about his last few months.
Here's our short story after talking with Wulff. We have a few extra notes below.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Since he was fired at Washington State on Nov. 29, Paul Wulff has savored the extra time with his family. But he’s also racked up serious frequent-flyer miles.
Wulff has visited NFL teams, gone to the NFL combine and Senior Bowl and watched spring practices at three Pac-12 schools and programs in the Southeast. All the traveling was an attempt to soak in as much football knowledge as possible.
Friday night, Wulff spoke to The Spokesman-Review while watching Idaho’s final spring scrimmage at the Kibbie Dome. He and his wife, Sherry, decided to bring their two sons to Moscow after he spoke with former WSU assistant and current UI receivers coach Mike Levenseller earlier in the day.
The former WSU and Eastern Washington football coach said the time off has given him a chance to be a spectator on the sidelines for the first time since he entered coaching.
“I’ve actually never had this opportunity to go to this many places and it’s been really helpful just to see different things,” said Wulff, who still lives in Pullman. “So I’ve probably learned more in the last month than I could have in a lot of other situations.”
Wulff said he’s open to another head coaching job. Yet he’s also intrigued by having a “group of players (to coach) than manage the whole team,” he said.
“Not that I’m not open to a head job,” he said. “I would be. But this time I want to make sure the situation’s healthy if I can have that choice and go to a good, positive situation.”
Some notes that we couldn't squeeze in:
- Wulff said he speaks regularly with Levenseller and all his former assistants. "I've been really working hard and doing my best to make sure all our coaches landed at a place. We’ve done remarkably well. You look at where our staff has branched out and gotten jobs, there’s not many places that has that kind of staff get those kind of jobs. I think it speaks volumes of our staff that we had."
- On his time off, he said, "It’s different, but it’s good. As much as you don’t like it, there’s a lot of good to it for our family and in terms of just being with my kids and stuff. So that’s been really good."
- On Jason Gesser, who's now Idaho's offensive coordinator in just his second year coaching college football: "He’s obviously got a relationship with Coach Akey, and it goes way back. He knows Jason, so there’s a trust factor there. The bright side too to being a young coordinator is he’s got great veteran coaches around him on offense. I mean, guys who were coaching around him before he was born in some respects. So I think that’s a good mix for him right now."