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October 16, 2007 at 8:24 AM

Turner speaks

A number of you have already commented on my story today reporting the comments of UW athletic director Todd Turner, who remains fully in the corner of Husky coach Tyrone Willingham.
Just in case, you can find it here.
I won’t simply repeat what was in the article, you can read it for yourselves and make your own conclusions.
But the essence is that Turner thinks the program is on the right track especially in terms of the culture change that is taking places; that this is a much tougher rebuilding job than many may realize; and that the progress this year has been hurt (in terms of the won-loss record) by a tough schedule and a tough Pac-10 conference.
He also said the most relevant comparison may be Kentucky, which began to show signs of life in the fourth year for coach Rich Brooks after he took over a program that had been saddled with some NCAA probation.
In a comment that didn’t make the story, Turner also voiced full support of Willingham’s staff.
“He hired a great staff,” Turner said. “Two guys had been Division-I head coaches, he hired guys with NFL experience. They are not learning on the job. He hired some really capable football guys. But it takes time. It’s just not a simple thing. It’s not one play call that goes your way or a fumble or an interception that defines your program. It’s what happens every single day.”
I also wrote this today on UW’s trackling problems. Willingham said he thinks the team does more than enough tackling in practice and that there have simply been a few missed tackles at the worst possible of times.

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