Tag:Paul Wulff
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 12:50 pm
 

WSU aims for victory over Tigers, Ducks in 2013

Posted by Chip Patterson

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has taken a very active approach as he nears one full year on the job at his alma mater.  After Jim Sterk left for San Diego State, Moos was one of the only candidates to seek out employment from the university that has suffered through some historically bad seasons in football in the last couple of years.  

But Moos has been very vocal about his belief in the ability to turn the Cougars' results around on the field, and he has been making efforts to assist with that process off the field.  He has met with the families of recruits and is currently campaigning for a stadium expansion and brand-new football operations facility.  

He has enough faith in the improvements to boldly predict Washington State victories over both Auburn and Oregon in 2013.

"I expect to beat both of them," Moos said about facing the title game's participants at a general staff meeting.  Pretty bold statement for a program that dropped from historic highs in the early 2000's to becoming the butt of most Pac-10/Pac-12 football jokes by the end of the decade.  Moos believes that the key to changing the program will be with recruiting, and shedding the "underdog" culture.  

New facilities and upgrading the stadium is one way to re-energize the fan base and team, but there will have to be on-field results in order to really see any dramatic change in recruiting.  Moos may just be talking boldly to build confidence, or he really could be so blinded by his own optimism he fails to see the gap between Washington State and Auburn/Oregon.  But that kind of blind optimism may be just what the Cougars need to turn things around.  

Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Paul Wulff gets fourth year at Wazzu

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As of last week, Paul Wulff himself admitted that he didn't know whether he'd get another season at the Washington State helm any more than anyone else did. But after the Cougars fell valiantly in their Apple Cup showdown with Washington, coming back from a 28-14 deficit to tie before falling 35-28 , Wazzu athletic director Bill Moos decided he had seen enough ... to keep Wulff around!

Paul Wulff will return for his fourth year as head football coach at Washington State, something athletic director Bill Moos made clear Sunday.

Wulff and Moos met Sunday afternoon in Moos’ office ... [and] chatted about the Apple Cup.
Apparently the chat went well.

And frankly, it should have. Wulff still doesn't have much to show for his efforts in the win column, going 2-10 and just 1-8 in the Pac-10 , but the improvement from the Cougars has been dramatic nonetheless. In 2008, Wazzu lost their average league game by more than 40 points; in 2010, that number was down to fewer than 15. The Cougs had yet to win a game under Wulff against a Pac-10 team that wasn't winless or a league game on the road; this year they spanked Oregon State in Corvallis.

If that sounds like the over-glorification of a series of moral victories, at some schools it might be. But the Wazzu program was in such off-field tatters at the end of the Bill Doba tenure, and the number of top-flight coaches likely interested in the Wazzu job at this stage so few, that at this stage that improvement should have been enough.

Kudos are in order to Moos for realizing it, however belatedly that decision might have come.

HT: DocSat .


Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Paul Wulff may be on way out, per Paul Wulff

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

On paper, the stakes don't look all that high for this year's edition of the Apple Cup : Washington is 5-6 and a Pac-10 afterthought (again), and 2-9 Washington State is just hoping for another small step forward on the road to respectability. The Iron Bowl this is not.

But for the teams involved, this will be the biggest game of the year. The Huskies have a chance to end a bowl drought dating all the way back to 2002, an unthinkably long dry spell for a team with Washington's Pac-10 pedigree, and send seniors like Jake Locker off on a high note. The rest of the Pac-10 will have a vested interest in a Husky victory as well; of the league's three 5-6 teams aiming for bowl eligibility this weekend -- Washington, Arizona State , and Oregon State -- the Huskies have by far the easiest task with the Sun Devils facing Arizona and the Beavers the Oregon juggernaut.

But to hear Wazzu head coach Paul Wulff tell it, there still might be more on the line on the Cougar sideline, or at least for Wulff himself. As tweeted by the Seattle Times 's Bob Condotta:
Wulff, on Pac-10 conference call, says he's confident in the job he has done, but stops short of saying he knows for sure that he will be back next season. Said no question that WSU will be a bowl team next season.
Putting aside the 2011 bowl talk (which would represent a quantum leap forward for a program that's still being outscored 34-18 on average in conference play), you'd think Wazzu would be happy to keep Wulff in place. The Cougars have consistently played hard for him, have dramatically improved the past two seasons (that average conference score for Wazzu in 2008? 50-9 ), have loads of Wulff's recruits returning next season, and frankly won't have a lot of top-tier candidates beating down their doors to coach on the Palouse if Wulff is dismissed.

But Wazzu athletic director Bill Moos has declined to make any kind of assurances that Wulff will be returning. That, paired with Wulff's own lack of confidence in his job status, would seem to point the tea leaves in the direction of Wulff's firing. After all, we saw this same movie a few days ago, when Vanderbilt 's Robbie Caldwell surprised many by saying midweek that he might be coaching his last game at Vandy; sure enough, he was gone before the week was out.

The good news for Wulff? An upset victory over the Cougars' most hated rival in front of the Wazzu faithful (the very faithful, by this point) would make Moos's decision to let him go dramatically more difficult, and maybe impossible. Wulff could quite possibly still save himself, even if it's highly debatable he ought to need saving in the first place.

Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:59 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 11:00 am
 

Two Washington State players busted growing pot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College kids and pot, they go together like cheese and crackers.  Like Lindsay Lohan and a bottle of vodka.  You can find marijuana just about anywhere on a college campus, and if you live on a campus, and are of a business-oriented mind, you might see the potential to make some money via the demon weed.  Which is exactly what a couple of Washington State players and their two roommates were up to.

Unfortunately business tends to come to a screeching halt when the police come through your door and find 38 marijuana plants growing inside your house (38! ).  Pullman police showed up at the rented house of redshirt linebacker Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington with a completely unrelated search warrant when they found the horticulture project the players and their two roommates were involved in.

"We're in a college town, it's not that unusual to find five or six plants growing in somebody's individual bedroom," said police spokesman Chris Tennant. "Thirty-eight plants in a residence is quite a big deal for us."

All four of the entrepenuers were booked and released on their own recognizance, and charged with a violation of the uniform controlled substance act. The severity of the charges they'll end up facing is yet to be determined, as it depends on the weight of the weed that was siezed, and the police are waiting for the pot to dry before figuring that out.

Washington State coach Paul Wulff has suspended Atofau indefinitely, though a suspension for Barrington isn't necessary since he's academically ineligible and hasn't been practicing with the team this year.  Which left him with plenty of time to water his plants, I'm sure.

Hat tip to CFT

 
 
 
 
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