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July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Willingham says he’s done with coaching

Thanks to Ted Miller for finding this story from North Carolina reporting that former UW coach Tyrone Willingham says he is done with coaching.
Willingham made the comments while appearing at a football camp in his home town.
Willingham states simply that he’s “retired” and has no intention of trying to work in coaching or any other capacity, such as being an Athletic Director. He’s also reported now living in San Jose.
Willingham has had little contact with most people at UW since being fired midway through the 2008 season, and leaving at its conclusion. He had been rumored in the running for a few jobs (such as New Mexico State) and was reported at one point to be on the staff of a team in the UFL. But he has not coached since leaving UW.
As Miller notes, if this is truly it for Willingham, his overall legacy will be mixed.
His UW legacy, however, is not, as his 11-37 record and 0-12 season in 2008 made it obvious that what he was doing in Seattle wasn’t working. If the Huskies make an expected move back to the post-season this year, Willingham figures to get some credit for recruiting the bulk of the players who would make that happen. Some wouuld argue, however, that many/most of those players likely would have come to UW anyway (specifically all the in-state players, a recruiting subset UW has almost always dominated regardless of who is the coach). Chris Polk is probably the most significant player you could argue wouldn’t be at UW if not for Willingham.
One thing is certain — Willingham has no financial need to continue coaching. He received a $1 milliion buyout upon leaving, and as reported last May, received $650,000 from Notre Dame last year.

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