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November 26, 2007 at 6:38 PM

Coaches show highlights

Listened to a bit of the Tyrone Willingham show tonight, the final one of the year, and there was a fair bit of time spent discussing whether the program has made progress.
Willingham insisted it has, citing how close the team has been in most of its games this season.
“This is a much more competitive football team (than the last two years),” he said. “Every football game we were in a position to win.”
Willingham also hinted that he wouldn’t be adverse to making staff changes when asked a question about the defense.
“My first commitment is to the football team,” he said. “I will make all the right decisions that I think will put this football team in a position to win.”
— Willingham discussed WSU’s final TD at length, saying coaches discussed the situation with players during a time out preceeding the play. He said that most of the year the UW players have successfully handled such situations “unfortunately the one time (they don’t) it hurt.”
He said he knew something was wrong when he saw “one guy go down there and the other guy didn’t go back.”
— Asked about what signifies progress, Willingham said simply wins and losses. “I’m a big believer that wins and losses are the important thing. That’s where you’ve got to start.” But he admitted that “we’ve still got to get that signature win” where the team then “comes over the top.”
— Asked what has halted progress this season, Willingham said “mistakes have held us back. We’ve got to execute the play.” But he also said that doesn’t mean he’s putting it all on the players saying it’s the coaches and players. “You can’t divorce one from the other.”
— Willingham said “we’ve got a great base of a recruiting class now” and that he hopes that fans who are divided over the way the team can rally together to help the recruiting go even better (or something like that, I didn’t write that one down that well).
— It was noted on the show that 36 of the 53 players on the two-deep this week can come back next season causing Willingham to say that “we can be a great football team soon … We’re not there yet, but I tell you what, we’re getting closer.”
— Willingham said again that he thought UW could have been a bowl team every year he has been here and that “I thought for sure we would be one this year.”
— Asked about recruiting JC players to help immediately, he said UW is recruiting just one this year (apparently WR Carl Moore) and admitted he is leery after some of the troubles UW has had with JC guys the last few years. “I”m very concerned about our luck finding the right JC player,” he said. He said UW will sign a full complement of 25 players this season.
— Willingham concluded by saying that “I’m a believer” that better days are coming “and it won’t take us long to get there.”



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