What They're Saying: Wulff Out Edition

PAUL WULFF'S DISMISSAL, and the thought of what's to come at Washington State, provided no shortage of commentary from the media. Here's what they're saying...

John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review: But it was also heartening to sense that as Wulff delivered an earnest valedictory, his devotion might finally have penetrated the sensibilities even of the mob that had agitated for this change. About time. Because you know who the Cougars can thank for whatever sexy new hire they believe will deliver them to their next bowl game? Paul Wulff.

Steve Kelly, Seattle Times: Now it's Moos' job to hire a coach who can sustain winning at Washington State. He needs to find the next Bellotti.

Jim Moore, Columnist and KIRO radio host: First off, I feel bad for Paul Wulff. If I'm him, I feel like my pending dismissal is unwarranted. I'm telling Bill Moos that he's making a mistake, because next year will be the breakthrough season for Cougar football. But 9-40 is 9-40.

Mark Carlson, The Herald: WSU fired head football coach Paul Wulff on Tuesday, and the school's athletic director said he hopes a new coach will inject energy into the Cougars' apathetic fan base. That either means the new coach must build an exciting, eight-win team, or simply make sure that every Wazzu frat house is well-supplied with Natty Light on weekends.

Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review: Monday, Moos and Wulff made the rounds in Spokane, with Wulff talking to WSU's booster luncheon and receiving a standing ovation. Moos admits he believes 80 percent of WSU's boosters support Wulff, but "the 80 percent is fine, but we need the 80 percent of a larger fan base." The two met again Tuesday morning and Moos told Wulff he was changing directions.

Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Before a group of people (including Moos), many of whom were in business suits, Wulff wore a polo shirt inside a WSU windbreaker. A big deal? Not at all. But it was perhaps just one more sign to Moos that he didn't have a commanding figure leading his football team.

Tom FitzGerald, San Francisco Chronicle: The only one (Stanford coach David) Shaw would discuss was Wulff, who lost promising quarterback Jeff Tuel in the opener with a broken collarbone that sidelined him most of the season. "Those kids played really hard" for Wulff, Shaw said. "I wish him the best."

Ted Miller, espn: One of Wulff's problems was loyalty. He brought most of his staff over from Eastern Washington when he could have used more coaches with Pac-12 experience. He made numerous changes over the past two years, bringing in veteran coaches, and that paid off on the field. Just, again, not enough.

Ryan Divish, Tacoma News Tribune: He slowly tried to rebuild the program from scratch, forgoing the quick fix of junior college players, instead trying to build it into a self-sustaining program with strong high school-based recruiting classes. However the wins on the field never came...

John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review: Though Moos has the raw materials to spin it otherwise, the single most attractive selling point to the job right now is the fact that there are two Pac-12 level – and perhaps better – quarterbacks on the roster, 15 other starters back and a restored talent level with some real want-to. In other words, the new guy can win now. Wulff paid his dues for him.

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