So Long Paul
The Apple Cup was the final nail in the coffin of former Cougars head football coach Paul Wulff. He was fired today by Washington St. University and AD Bill Moos.
As first reported by Vince Grippi from the Spokesman.com on his twitter account.
“Paul Wulff has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Washington State. He was told in a meeting with Bill Moos this morning.”
“WSU’s Bill Moos will hold a press conference at 2 pm to discuss the future of Cougar football.”
The Cougars have lost 6 out of 7 games and are near the bottom of the Pac-12. They lost 38-21 to Washington on Saturday the third straight Apple Cup loss to their rivals the UW Huskies.
There has been plenty of chatter on the web and on WSU blogs that this decision was imminent. Paul Wulff’s usual Sunday evening conference call was canceled by AD Bill Moos so the two of them could “discuss the future” of the WSU Football program.
Paul Wulff coached the Cougars to a 4-8 record in 2011, and a 9-40 record spread out over the last four seasons. Plus four Apple Cup losses as well. (WSU’s last Apple Cup Win was a Nov. 22, 2008 in Pullman.)
Wulff also gained the reputation as the head coach to have the lowest winning % (.184) of all WSU football coaches.
On Sunday Wulff and WSU AD Bill Moos released a statement indicating no decision had been made on Wulff’s coaching status.
“Paul and I met for an hour and a half this afternoon so I could hear his assessment of the season and where he would like to take the program from here,” Moos said. “Our discussions will be ongoing.”
Before joining Washington State Wulff was the former head football coach at Eastern Washington University in Cheney from 2000 to 2007. He’s also a WSU graduate. Playing on the offensive line for the Cougars from 1986 to 1989 under three head coaches: Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson, and Mike Price.
For WSU he was a four-year starter at center from 1986-89. He also was an All-America honoree as a senior, earning honorable mention accolades from The Sporting News.
Wulff played in the NFL as well in 1990. Signing as a free agent with the New York Jets. He was released after injuries in the preseason.
Wulff had one year remaining on his contract. He is guaranteed one year’s worth of severance pay for $600,000.
Next Up For The Cougs?
We’ve learned from our WSU blogger Insider Steve that there are reports out there that Mike Leach formerly of Texas Tech will be the lead candidate as Head Coach of Washington State.
He points out that without a doubt a hiring of Leach would come with not only heavy baggage of his past indiscretions, but also intense criticism from the loyal Cougar fan base who are worried about WSU.
But it also must be noted that Mike Leach does run the spread offense that Paul Wulff has implemented.
Leach has been out of football since December of 2009 for his mis-treatment of player Adam James. (Red Flag?)
Other possible coaches mentioned to fill the vacancy include, Kevin Sumlin, Dave Christiansen, and John L. Smith.
Cougars fans, do you think he’d like to have that UCLA game back as a do-over now?
Comments welcome below.