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FROM PULLMAN — Sometimes, slow days can be a relief. But we've had a number of those this spring, so yesterday's events were a welcome change. Read on for a summation.
FROM PULLMAN — Had a phone conversation earlier this evening with Bud Nameck, who will move from the sidelines to the booth for Cougar radio broadcasts this football season. Here's a partial transcript of our chat.
FROM PULLMAN — Lots of information coming your way after the jump, but here's the gist — Bill Moos announced on 710 AM in Seattle today that the Cougars' radio broadcasts will now be done by a three-man crew, with Bob Robertson still calling the play-by-play, and Bud Nameck and former WSU receiver Shawn McWashington alongside him helping out. Jessamyn McIntyre, currently a producer at 710 ESPN, will report from the sidelines. And the bigger news for those of you on the west side — WSU football and basketball games will now be broadcast on 710 AM (KIRO), which Moos called the new voice of the Cougars.
FROM PULLMAN — Yes, turmoil. Not for Washington State. But for a couple other teams around the conference — particularly UCLA — Tuesday's news isn't great. Regardless, we pass it along after the jump.
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos, right, and new head football coach Mike Leach hold up a jersey during a news conference today in Pullman, Wash. Looking on at left rear is Leach's wife Sharon Leach. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Christopher Anderson)
It's remarkable, really. Washington State has not been to a bowl game in eight years, going 9-40 over the past four seasons. Tucked in one of the most remote towns of any BCS conference, the school would seemingly be hard-pressed to attract a high-profile coach. Instead, Wazzu just landed a coach that took a Big 12 program to 10 straight bowl games, went 84-43, earned national coach of the year honors in 2008 and is considered one of the greatest offensive innovators in the sport. The Cougars just scored their biggest win in years. Mike Leach's two-year exile from coaching is over because a moribund Pac-12 program was able to do what Maryland and so many others could not: It got past the baggage. As a result, the Cougars won't be moribund much longer/Stewart Mandel, SI.com. More here. (AP photo of Mike Leach)
Question: Isn't it nice to have a college football team on the Palouse recognized for doing something right?
In this 2009 AP file photo, then Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. Reportedly, Leach has been offered the head coaching job at Washington State.
Bill Moos has said all along he wants to make Washington State a destination for coaches, not a waystation. “This place deserves big-name people,” he said earlier this week during the press conference announcing Paul Wulff’s firing. Wednesday, Moos roped in one of the bigger names in the college football coaching ranks, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Leach agreed in principle to a five-year contract that will pay him more than $10 million, according to athletic department sources. He’ll be introduced as WSU’s 32nd head football coach at a press conference Tuesday/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.
Question: Did WSU do the right thing by letting Paul Wulff go and hiring Mike Leach?
So if Mike Leach isn’t the next football coach at Washington State, where will the collective emotional crash fall on the Jeff-Tuel’s-shoulder/Connor-Halliday’s-liver scale? We got a taste of it Tuesday, when all the go-to media for preposterous rumor – Twitter, Facebook, iPhone and the backyard fence – had Paul Wulff’s firing augmented by arrival via private jet of Cougar fandom’s most wanted, the charismatic litigant late of Texas Tech. Yes! Bill Moos is going to announce the new coach – Leach – as he dismisses the old one! Raise the flag! Make those 2013 Rose Bowl reservations now! And a private plane from points east did indeed land at Pullman-Moscow Regional shortly after noon. Open swung the cabin door. Out came … well, a couple with more ties to the AARP than the NCAA. Good thing no one made banners and sent out the marching band/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo of former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach)
Question: Do you think WSU can attract a big dog to take over football coaching duties?
TWolf22: Is Wulff a great coach? Probably not. But Pullman is not exactly Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix or even Eugene. What does Pullman have to offer a Blue Chip recruit after visiting the glitz of the big time schools who are also courting him? It is the rare instance when a legitimate big time recruit decides to go to WSU over any other big time D-I school. Hey big guy, just look at all the wheat. Never mind the big city flash and all that go with it, come and hunker down in the winter and make snow angels. Let’s face it, WSU is going to continue to be where they have historically been in the PCC, Pac 8, Pac 10, and now the Pac 12. Unfortunately … at the bottom.
Question: Would Washington State and UIdaho be able to attract more top-level recruits if they were located at Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, respectively?
Paul Wulff speaks at a news conference after he was fired as football coach at Washington State, in Pullman, Wash., this afternoon. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)
- Wulff: schools get into the boat of cycling through coaches every 4 years they never get over that hump and I don't want that for my school — KXLY.
- He was fired as a coach. But he was not fired as a #Cougar — Patchin — 700 ESPN.
- Would you take this challenge on again? “Hmmm, not unless I was guaranteed X amount of (years) coaching” — 700 ESPN.
- Wulff: “I don't think there is a lot of things we could have done differently” — KREM.
- It should be noted how professional Paul Wulff is conducting his Q&A right now. Focusing on the players' future — Daily Evergreen.
- Wulff says he would like to be a head coach again. “I don't have to be, but I think I would want to” — SR.
- Wulff: Cougs don't eat our own. Innocence of WSU has been lost here — SR.
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos shows an architect's rendering of the $80 million Martin Stadium remodeling project the WSU Board of Regents in Pullman, Wash., 10 days ago. Today, he's explaining why he fired football coach Paul Wulff this morning. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)
WSU AD Bill Moos said moments ago in presser that lack of excitement and lowest giving among potential donors were key to his decision to fire football coach Paul Wulff this morning. He pointed out that WSU is planning to spend $80 million on football stadium renovations and has another $80 million worth of needs in the football program. Therefore, he said, the football program needed “energy” and a “spark” to get fans excited. Now, he said, he will begin a search for a new coach immediately and hopes to have that person in place in two or three weeks in order to keep some of the high school players who have verbally committed to Washington State. In the question-and-answer period that's still going on, Moos said WSU should be vying for conference championships and not content to settle for mediocrity.
Question: Who would you like to see as WSU's next football coach?
Paul Wulff has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Washington State, The Spokesman-Review has learned. He was told in a meeting with Bill Moos this morning. Here is the link to my story. More to come.
WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff turns away from the Cougar huddle late in the Apple Cup game against Washington at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. WSu wound up on the losing end of the Apple Cup 38-21 Saturday. Wulff was meeting with WSU AD Bill Moos this morning to see whether he'll be back as Cougar coach to finish the final year of his 5-year contract.
- Update (via SWX tweet): Paul Wulff to hold his own Q&A session at 3 p.m. in Pullman - one hour after #Moos presser
Paul Wulff has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Washington State, The Spokesman-Review has learned. He was told in a meeting with Bill Moos this morning. Moos and Wulff met this morning, the final discussion in talks that began Sunday evening concerning Wulff’s status as head coach at his alma mater, a position he’s held for four years. During that time the Cougars posted a 9-40 record, including a 4-32 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. They were 4-8 this season/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.
Question: Do you agree with the decision to fire Paul Wulff? I don't.
Washington State coach Paul Wulff, right, walks onto the field with players before an NCAA college football game against Washington in Seattle. Wulff canceled his regular Sunday evening conference call with reporters. Washington State finished 4-8 this season after losing to archrival Washington in the Apple Cup. Wulff could learn as early as today whether he will be allowed to return for his fifth year as head coach of the Cougars. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The president of the university, Elson Floyd, has long felt Paul Wulff isn't right as football coach. The athletic director, Bill Moos, believes Paul Wulff is the long-term answer, and has said as much many times. In the next 24 to 48 hours we may well discover whether the athletic director is setting the direction for the athletic department or the president is/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.
Question: Should Paul Wulff be retained as head coach of the Washington State Cougars after four losing seasons?
PULLMAN – Faced with a $40 million budget cut in the biennium that ends with the 2013 fiscal year, Washington State University president Elson Floyd is looking for help wherever he can find it. And he will get some from his athletic department.
When the Pac-12’s expanded media deal kicks in next school year, the department will assume academic service costs previously covered by the administration. “It’s in an excess of a half-million dollars,” athletic director Bill Moos said. Vince Grippi, SR More here.
Do you think more university athletic departments should do this?