2009: Willingham Paid More Than Weis By N.D.

Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE has a breakdown today of the 2009 Notre Dame paycheck of Charlie Weis.

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Weis earned $649,090 from Notre Dame, including base salary, bonuses, “other” income, deferred income and non-taxable benefits. But the table for “compensation from unrelated organizations” offers insight into the areas of true windfall.

After going through additional payments to Weis from outside soucres, Hamilton noted:

And ex-football coach Ty Willingham remained on the university payroll, so to speak, for yet one more year, earning $650,000 from Notre Dame — $910 more than Weis was paid, officially, by the school.

Willingham, who was fired by Notre Dame five years ago, was also fired by the University of Washington two years ago.

So could that mean that Willingham is also still getting paid by Washington? (Oh hell nah.)

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It All Can’t End Quickly Enough For Philip Fulmer

You know, there might be something to be said for college football coaches getting out of Dodge right away after “deciding” not to come back next year. Saturday was not kind to the lame duck coach, especially poor Phil Fulmer, who is fading off into the sunset in shockingly dismal fashion.

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(Don’t worry, Phil, it’s almost over)

Remember when Tennessee’s loss to UCLA in the season opener was considered an upset? The Vols somehow managed to sink to a new low this week, while Washington is still 0-for-the-season and Kansas State lost their fourth in a row. But it’s Tennessee’s loss that is sending shockwaves through the college football world.

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UW’s Willingham To Quit At The End Of Season

The SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports this afternoon that, University of Washington football coach Tyrone Willingham has resigned. Willingham will coach the Huskies through the end of season.

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Willingham and athletic director Scott Woodward made the announcement at a news conference Monday.

Many will point to Willingham’s replacement at Notre Dame, Charlie Weis, as contributing to Willingham’s demise at UW. But the program was long gone before ND arrived last Saturday.

So this is a low point for Willingham, but far from, in my opinion, the end of his coaching career. Read more…

Ty Willingham Optimistic About 0-4 Start At UW

Things are going just fine at Washington, thanks for asking. So says head coach Tyrone Willingham, according to the SEATTLE TIMES, despite the team’s 0-4 start. No reason to panic, and no reason to start talking about replacing the head coach at midseason. Right guys? Right?!?Also, Willingham thinks economy is “just fine” and that Ishtar “really wasn’t that bad.”

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Willingham remains optimistic about the team, despite another woefol start for the Huskies and, as the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports, the general crankiness and frustration of the coaching staff, and the fact that the Huskies named a new athletic director two weeks ago, never a good sign for an underachieving coach already firmly on the hot seat.

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Is Anyone Out There Not Named Paige Green?

We now know there are at least three different Paige Greens floating around on the internet. One is the former Raiders cheerleader who will soon marry John Elway.

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Another Paige Green had a very public engagement pronouncement in the SEATTLE P-I two years ago, and now is married to a gentleman named Reagan Dunn.

And a third Paige Green is a B-Movie actress listed on IMDB.

We’re not the first to confuse the multiple Ms. Greens, but Friday we reported that the woman who was noted in the Seattle engagement announcement was the same person who is now engaged to John Elway. That isn’t the case, and all apologies to all parties.

Today’s water’s wet, sky’s blue story is brought to you by TMZ.com.

Warren Sapp Dancing With The Stars Tantrum

Warren Sapp’s an a$$hole: “Our spies at “DWTS” tell TMZ Sapp’s big head and man-diva attitude are causing problems. We’re told he talks down to everybody (especially the guy dancers and production assistants), yells at people and consistently walks out of rehearsals with partner Kym Johnson.

Well at least he has his chronic halitosis to fall back on.

Remember those two goons from COI (that’s City of Industry to non-Angelenos) who are trying to lure the NFL to The Basin?

Not. Looking. Good. *shock* Read more…

Digger Phelps Getting His Pre-Game Groove On

Stealing autographed Red Sox balls from a little girl’s suitcase? Who knew Hank Steinbrenner worked in airport security?

• ESPN analyst Digger Phelps knows how to Rock Chalk Jayhawk with a Kansas cheerleader.

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• Can a twisted testicle be eased by an electronic bone stimulator?

Roger Clemens’ appearance pumps up the Rockets to their 15th straight win.

• A fan expresses his love for the Charlotte Bobcats the only he can - through song.

Tyrone Willingham’s a great guy. Now if he could only be a great coach again.

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9 Out Of (Pac-)10 Coaches Surveyed Adore Ty-Will

University of Washington QB (and NFL hot prospect) Jake Locker is going to play baseball this summer. But Michael David Smith of COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK thinks the idea is a foul ball.

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And that, in a nutshell, is why (Ty) Willingham is a better person than he is a football coach. Willingham is a good guy who wants his players to be well-rounded people. That’s great. That’s one of the reasons I like Willingham. Read more…

UW’s Willingham On Hot Seat, Named AFCA Prez

The website COACHES HOT SEAT came out with their final 2007 rankings. And the guy with the toastiest buns was Washington’s Tyrone Willingham:

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Another disappointing season in Seattle - and a 11-25 record in 3 years - has Ty taking top honors. And Husky fans aren’t too comfortable being #1 in that category. One benevolent booster even promised to give his alma mater $100,000 - on the condition they bid Tyrone toodle-oo.

The BELLINGHAM HERALD reports that multi-millionaire Ed Hansen also placed a $100,000 bounty of athletic director Todd Turner’s head. He further pledges, “I do not intend to contribute any further funds to the athletic department as long as these two gentlemen are employed by the University.”

Seems that someone’s been taking notes from Ken Kendrick. So, it would seem a bit strange that a coach supposedly in such hot water would be given some kind of job security.

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Charlie & Ty Identical Irish Records In 33 Games

IT’S OFFICIALLY A TIE BETWEEN WEIS AND WILLINGHAM: Your daily Charlie Weis-Ty Willingham comparison is brought to you by THE WIZARD OF ODDS, which spots some very scary statistics when it comes to the two coaches.

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Excerpt: “Charlie Weis’ record through 33 games against Tyrone Willingham, the man he replaced (at Notre Dame). They each logged 20-13 records and were both 0-3 against USC.

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Then it gets really interesting. Record vs. Michigan: Willingham (2-1) and Weis (1-2). Point Differential vs. Michigan: Willingham (-28) and Weis (-57). Record vs. ranked opponents: Willingham (7-8) and Weis (4-8).“That’s really an unfair comparison, because Weis has been forced to play with most of his own players this past season. Once he takes over the Miami Dolphins later this season, we’re sure those numbers will change.