Well it looks if Tyrone Willingham’s days as the coach of the Washington Huskies are now numbered. Willingham though not having been fired will relinquish his duties as coach of the University of Washington the moment the regular season comes to an end. For much of this season the Huskies have not only underperformed. But in actuality they’ve been abysmal on both sides of the ball.
University of Washington coach Tyrone Willingham greets supporters as he arrives for his weekly radio program. It was announced yesterday by Athletic Director Scott Woodward that Willingham would be stepping down as coach of team at season’s end. Pictured alongside Willingham is radio host Mike Gastineau. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo /Elaine Thompson ……………….
For Tyrone Willingham this must come as a complete embarrassment. As he was hounded out of his position with Notre Dame . That notiwthstanding this latest episode may well put an end to Willingham’s career as a college football coach for the time being. The team has been somewhat of an anathema to all who’ve witnessed their play. And if nothing else the University of Washington as a program has regressed rather than improve under Willingham’s tenure. And with his intransigence in terms of his coaching, the program has become a laughing stock in the world of college football.
Willingham speaks to the convened members of the press moments after the announcement was made that he’d been fired by Athletics Director Scott Woodward. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Elaine Thompson ………………
The PAC-10 as a football conference does leave a lot to be desired. But then again so does much of college football as to the way it determines a national champion. Washington’s record this season has been horrendous. Be that as it may there’s seems to be no explanation forthcoming from Willingham himself as to the malaise that the team and the program finds itself in. It were as if he’s in a sense of denial as to the ruination of the program as it now stands. The team is 0-7 overall and 0-4 within its own conference. If nothing else that should suggest to Willingham that this team has to be on the wrong path.
Willingham seated at the table afar from Athletics Director Scott Woodward listens as Woodward answers questions concerning the coach and that of the team’s future this season. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Elaine Thompson ……………….
Statistically the team can best described as being anemic on both sides of the ball. And it has to be said at this moment in time it’s hard to view this team as being competitive within its own conference let alone on a national level. The players there seem to have lost confidence in terms of playing . And it’d appear that each week that they come out to play a game, the team seems to be in for a ritualistic massacre at the hands of their opponent. Nothing was more telling than with their most game played and the ensuing loss 33-7 at the hands of Notre Dame. Wherein Willingham would see his successor Charlie Weis coach the Fightin’ Irish to an emphatic win.
Huskies’ quarterback Ronnie Fouch(8) celebrates a touchdown pass to teammate and wide receiver D’Andre Goodwin(11) in their 33-7 loss to Notre Dame in the game played in Seattle , Washington. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Elaine Thompson …………..
The game though not played with a great deal of ballyhoo was something of an embarrassment for the fans in attendance. As the Huskies could seem to do nothing right on the field. It was more of a comedy of errors on their part as it was the all purposeful play of the Irish who came to play from the outset. As to what this’d suggest about the coaching abilities of Ty Willingham at this juncture must be surely open to debate and conjecture. Either he’s a woefully inept coach ? Or he just doesn’t have his team prepared on gameday to perform at the highest levels one would expect of a college football team ?
Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is congratulated by his Huskies’ counterpar Tyrone Willingham after Weis’ team had a resounding 33-7 win over the University of Washington in a game played Seattle , Washington. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Elaine Thompson ………………
Marginal talent at best is how one could best describe the roster of the Huskies. As there aren’t really any standout players on the team. In Ronnie Fouch they’ve a sophomore who can be best as described as learning the nuances of what it is to be a starting quartback on a college team. And it has to be said that in terms of his offensive complement of weapons there isn’t much there that one could describe as explosive. Though this is an extremely young team on both sides of the ball and is filled with freshmen , sophomores,juniors and seniors. It seems that in terms of the coaching aspect of the game and the sound fundamentals thereof. The team is severely lacking in its application of the rudimnetaries of what one deem to be sound fundamental skills. So much so, that one might be witnessing a high school varsity team at play against a college team on game day.
Notre Dame’s Golden Tate (23) scores on a 21 yd reception run in the first half against Washington , with the Huskies’ Quinton Richardson in pursuit. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Elaine Thompson …………………
Willingham it appears doesn’t seem to accept responsibility for the team’s failures. And he feels if given the chance to redeem himself he can make the the program and the is team successful. But this would be based on what ? In his 3 1/2 years in Washington his record doesn’t seem to bear this out amassing an 11-32 record over that span. A record that one could use the analogy of being mediocre ? Say nothing of which you’ve now got a disapproving fanbase as well as the boosters showing their complete disgust as to the team’s lack of success at this juncture. A prudent decision it must be said was made to fire Willingham but he’d remain as coach of team until the end of the season . From there the faculty and Athletic Department can start afresh in pursuant of a new head coach for the program.
A subdued Willingham leaves the field after his team’s embarrassingly lopsided loss to Notre Dame 33-7 in their game played in Seattle. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Elaine Thompson …………………
As to Willingham’s future who knows what it may hold ? Certainly as a college football coach he may well have look to the lower echelons of the college game for his next postion. Or he could very well be hired as in some capacity with another college program at the Division 1A level. It’s not so much that he’s terrible coach but more so that he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. In order to bring a a program to fruition and see the success attained. One has to put in the work in all apsects , from recruiting to coaching and above all the assessment as to the talent needed in order to make the program a success. Much of what Willingham endeavored to ahcieve was being done at a snail’s pace and it had become totally unacceptable to all involved with the program. Especially those within the upper echelons of the Huskies’ athletic department and its faculty.
Huskies’ quarterback Ronnie Fouch is sacked for a 12 yd loss by Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith (22) in the first half of the game played between Notre Dame and the University of Washington. Smith’s teammate Brian Smith (58) in the background looks on. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Elaine Thompson ………………….
As things now stand for Willingham as alluded to before. There may not be too many doors opening up for him in terms of a position that he feels may well meet his requirements. But one can be sure that he’ll either land on his feet. Or he’ll end up being a dead man walking. As we know they not too often don’t have many tales to tell in terms of success. But they do indeed know what it is to be deemed a failure.