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Wulff Out As WSU Football Coach

WSU Fires Paul Wulff
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After four years, former Cougar lineman and head Coach Paul Wulff it out as director of the WSU football program.

It was not big surprise, as various media outlets were leaking information over the weekend that he would be let go.   Wulff, a former WSU line standout, was hired to revive the Cougars after he built Eastern Washington into a I-AA power that would go on to win a National title last year, with the players Wulff had recruited.   A 9-40 record doomed Wulff, and left WSU with a divided fan base.  The school is trying to raise millions to renovate Martin Stadium in Pullman; a losing football team will not help.    Many insiders say had the Cougars been bowl eligible this year,  Wulff would have been allowed to stay for the fifth and final year of his contract. But a narrow late loss to Utah, and an embarrassing fall to Oregon State helped the Cougars to a 4-8 record.  Even with an Apple Cup loss to UW, had WSU beaten Utah and OSU, they would have finished 6-6 and likely gone to some low level bowl game-saving Wulffs job.   Bill Moos, the WSU AD, will not comment further on the search for a new coach, but sources claim former Texas Tech head man Mike Leach is the Cougars #1 target.

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