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May 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Willingham finds a job?

FootballScoop.com is reporting today that former UW head coach Tyrone Willingham has found a new job as an assistant coach for the San Francisco team in the new United Football League.
The UFL is a new league being formed this year billed as “Where the future stars come to play!” Here’s some background info on the league. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the league with some background.
As FootballScoop notes, the head coach of the San Francisco team is Dennis Green, who was one of Willingham’s early mentors in the profession — Willingham was on Green’s staff at Stanford from 1989-91 which helped lead to him becoming head coach at Stanford in 1994. Also on the SF staff is Trent Walters, father of former Stanford star Troy Walters, who helped lead the 1999 Cardinal team coached by Willingham to the Rose Bowl. Here’s a story from March on the hiring of Green with some additional background on the league.
Willingham relocated to the Bay Area earlier this year. Willingham will apparently be the special teams and running backs coach.
If/when I get more on this I’ll pass it along.
UPDATE — Worth pointing out for those who have asked that this won’t save UW any money. Willingham’s contract called for him to receive $1 million if he was terminated after Jan. 2, 2008 and before the end of his contract, which was Dec. 11, 2009. That money was to be paid as a lump sum within 30 days after the effective date of the termination. So he’s been paid what he’s owed by UW and both sides are free and clear of any obligation to each other in any way. That’s different than the assistants, who were all set to be paid through June 30, 2009 unless they found another job. All but OL coach Mike Denbrock have found other jobs and are off the UW payroll.

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