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.

He proved he could win at Notre Dame, and Weis’ high moments with the Irish were with Willingham’s players (think Brady Quinn). Most notably though was Willingham’s performance as coach at Stanford, where he had the Cardinal program competitive every season.

I still remember the epic beating Willingham’s Stanford team handed to Pete Carroll’s USC Trojans in 2001. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen a Carroll-coached USC team get manhandled like that - and in the Coliseum.

It looks now like Willingham never should’ve left Stanford. With current Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh’s star rising, you wonder if Willingham could land back in Palo Alto as soon as next season?