Home Mail MemberMap Chat (0) Wallpapers
Go Back   ChiefsPlanet > The Ed & Dave Lounge

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-12-2004, 08:39 AM  
chief52 chief52 is offline
Veteran
 
chief52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NoCal
Casino cash: $5175
Willingham to U of Washington

Seattle Times is reporting that Willingham will sign with the U of W. Smart move on their part IMO.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...uwcoach12.html

By Blaine Newnham and Bud Withers
Seattle Times staff reporters



Tyrone Willingham


Intent on resurfacing as a national football power, the University of Washington is expected to announce the hiring of former Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham early this week, a source told The Seattle Times yesterday.

Willingham, who led Stanford to a Rose Bowl in 1999 before coaching three years at Notre Dame, would replace Keith Gilbertson and become Washington's third head football coach in four years.

In landing Willingham, the Huskies would hire a coach known to have an impeccable reputation with the NCAA, a strong approach to discipline and a hands-off attitude in allowing his assistant coaches leeway.

Details of the hire, such as length of contract and salary, were unavailable.

Late Friday, Boston College coach Tom O'Brien withdrew his candidacy after Washington failed to make him an offer within 48 hours of his interview. UW officials also had made overtures to California coach Jeff Tedford as well as meeting with Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. and Utah coach Urban Meyer, now with Florida.

Asked about the hire of Willingham, Todd Turner, the UW athletic director, said only, "I can't confirm that."

Willingham, 50, who was fired two weeks ago from Notre Dame, would be entering a program marred by chaos and controversy. The trial surrounding the dismissal of former coach Rick Neuheisel begins next month. Neuheisel is suing the UW for wrongful termination.

This season, Washington won only one of 11 games none of its Pac-10 Conference games for the worst record in school history. Gilbertson agreed in November to step aside after his second year as the Huskies' head coach.

Willingham would be Washington's first black head football coach, and the third currently in major college football. The UW would become the only Division I-A university to have both men's major sports headed by black coaches. Lorenzo Romar is in his second year as coach of the UW basketball team, ranked 16th in the country.

Willingham has an overall 65-51-1 record in his 10 seasons as the head coach at Stanford and Notre Dame.




Willingham would go to the program against which he has had the least success; he was 0-5 versus the Huskies in his seven-year Stanford tenure.

Willingham was hired by Notre Dame after Stanford's loss to Georgia Tech in the 2001 Seattle Bowl. He started 8-0 with the Irish in 2002, but skidded to a 13-15 record in his remaining two-plus years at the school.

He was fired Nov. 30 in a move said to have stunned him and his assistant coaches. The dismissal was led by a couple of key members of Notre Dame's board of trustees, and has caused significant backlash.

Last week, the Rev. Edward Malloy, departing president at Notre Dame, who was not a part of the firing, decried the move and scoffed at the growing national tide in trying to hire "messiah coaches." Willingham, who had a five-year contract with the Irish, was the first coach at Notre Dame dismissed before his pact was fulfilled.

Chandra Johnson, an assistant to Notre Dame's president, shaved her head to protest Willingham's firing, saying she will remain bald until the Irish win a national championship. Johnson, 50, is the school's highest-profile black administrator.

"He's a great man to work for," said Bill Diedrick, Willingham's offensive coordinator at Notre Dame. "As far as an assistant coach, he's an ideal dream. He's tremendously prepared and really allows his coaches to coach.

"He's as much of a players' coach as ever," Diedrick said, "but with that, there comes a great deal of discipline and a great deal of organization and structure always with what's best for the players and the program in mind."

One immediate challenge for Willingham would be to assemble his staff. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer is acting head coach for Notre Dame against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28, and most of the remaining staff, including Diedrick, are helping with that. Defensive line coach Greg Mattison just accepted a job at Florida as co-defensive coordinator.

Willingham is a North Carolina native who became a walk-on at Michigan State in both football and baseball, winning the Big Ten Conference's 1977 Medal of Honor as the outstanding scholar-athlete.

He was an assistant coach for 18 years on the college and pro levels before landing the Stanford head coaching job in 1995. He had winning seasons his first two years there, lost the next two seasons, and then in 1999 took Stanford to its first Rose Bowl in 28 years. His five-year record at Stanford was 30-27-1.

Willingham is not widely regarded as a dynamic recruiter, yet on his watch at Stanford, the Cardinal lured some top athletes, including Randy Fasani, Kerry Carter (now a Seahawks reserve running back), Teyo Johnson, Amon Gordon, Michael Craven, Tank Williams and Kwame Harris.

It appears the Huskies chose substance over style in settling on Willingham, who is not known for his wit or delivering a memorable quote. But Willingham had a prior association with Turner, the UW athletic director, who tried to hire Willingham at Vanderbilt after his final season at Stanford.
Posts: 3,100
chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.chief52 is not part of the Right 53.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 08:42 AM   #2
Bowser Bowser is offline
Eff an A, Cotton!!
 
Bowser's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: In Transition
Casino cash: $2855
Wow. That was quick. Smart move by them.
Posts: 52,209
Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.Bowser is obviously part of the inner Circle.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 09:49 AM   #3
Thig Lyfe Thig Lyfe is offline
Banned
 
Thig Lyfe's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Thigpen's America
Casino cash: $5000
Damn... I was hoping he could play CB for the Chiefs.
Posts: 25,677
Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 12:12 PM   #4
ChiefsCountry ChiefsCountry is offline
MVP
 
ChiefsCountry's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Lake of the Ozarks
Casino cash: $7326
Quote:
Originally Posted by ArrowheadWolf
Damn... I was hoping he could play CB for the Chiefs.
Do you mean safety?
Posts: 28,184
ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.ChiefsCountry is obviously part of the inner Circle.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 12:14 PM   #5
Thig Lyfe Thig Lyfe is offline
Banned
 
Thig Lyfe's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Thigpen's America
Casino cash: $5000
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChiefsCountry
Do you mean safety?
Well, he'd start as a safety and THEN turn into a corner. Duh.
Posts: 25,677
Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.Thig Lyfe threw an interception on a screen pass.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2004, 12:26 PM   #6
Joe Seahawk Joe Seahawk is offline
This place entertains..
 
Joe Seahawk's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Seattle
Casino cash: $5580
I'm pretty sure Notre Dame comes to Husky Stadium next year too..
Posts: 5,203
Joe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby PiscitelliJoe Seahawk 's adopt a chief was Sabby Piscitelli
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.