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May 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Interesting take on Willingham from Sportsline.com

Dennis Dodd of Sportsline.com attended The Football Forum in Dallas last week and wrote this story out of it exploring Tyrone Willingham’s future at Washington.
You’ll note that Willingham states that he doesn’t feel any more pressure heading into this season than he has in any other season because “it’s impossible to put pressure on someone whose expectation is greater than those who seek to apply pressure. Is there anyone who wants to win more than coach Willingham?” He’s said similar things every time he’s asked about it, and don’t expect him to ever admit he’s feeling any additional pressure. Just not something he’s ever going to say.
Still, it’s interesting in the context of this story because it then includes a few quotes from Skyline coach Mat Taylor saying that the expectations at UW may be too high right now. But if Willingham’s quote is read literally, he has higher expectations than anyone else, even all the fans.
Dodd also restates what he wrote a few weeks ago — that Willingham has the hottest seat of any college coach in the country. Expect a lot more stories along those lines in the days leading up to Aug. 30, a day in which that seat will either cool down appreciably or heat up so much that it may burst into flame (get used to every possible hot-seat analogy between now and then, as well).
Also a quote in there from Mike Bellotti saying he doesn’t like the idea of offering players at younger and younger ages, but that he has had to reluctantly follow along. Doubt college football will ever go as far as college basketball in this area, but sounds like an inevitable trend.
Here also are Dodd’s coach’s hot seat ratings. You’ll see Willingham has a 4.95 rating out of 5. The only other conference coach rated as being in any real trouble is Arizona’s Mike Stoops, at 4.

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