Wulff makes his case, sees huge season in '12

IF PAUL WULFF is about to lose his job, there was little sign of worry in his voice Monday. The Washington State football coach expressed confidence that he is the right man to lead the Cougars back to glory, though he did stop short of saying he is confident he will keep his job when the question was posed to him.

"Well, it's not my decision," Paul Wulff told a media group at the weekly WSU boosters luncheon in Spokane.

"I'm confident we have come a long, long ways, and no coach or staff would have done better with the situation.

"I'm confident Cougar football has a very bright future."

Wulff and athletic director Bill Moos, who both attended the luncheon, said they were planning to meet a second time before a decision will be made on Wulff's future with the Cougars.

"The people that know football know I should keep the job," Wulff said. "The people that don't, don't get it. That's why they shouldn't have a say in it."

Wulff said he has received "unbelievable support" from people who want him to remain coach at his alma mater.

"The letters of support have been off the charts ... that just makes me feel so good," he said.

Wulff added, "The people that know sports and know football programs have bent over backwards to tell me what a great job we've done."

Wulff, 9-40 in four years at WSU, noted that the Cougars should have the NCAA maximum of 85 scholarship players next year for the first time in his tenure. The Cougars have battled to catch up since the NCAA docked the football team eight scholarships prior to Wulff's first season due to the poor academic work under the previous staff.

The Cougars lost six of their final seven games to finish 4-8 this year. They were 2-7 in Pac-12 play and came in last for the third straight year. Starting Jeff Tuel, an honorable mention all-league pick a year ago, missed most of the season with injuries.

"I really felt this was a team that could make a bowl this year, but we needed to be healthy at the quarterback position all year," Wulff said. "Have some continuity there.

"I think we missed out (on a bowl game) because of that. I thought we were capable of six or seven wins."

Next year, Wulff said, "I think is a team that can win eight, nine games. It's got that kind of potential."

Even with Wulff's future in doubt, the Cougars received a 19th verbal commitment Monday when Michigan high school running back C.J. Brathwaite announced he has accepted a scholarship offer.

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