Paul Wulff, Washington State football coach the past four years, was fired today by athletic director Bill Moos with a year left on his original five-year contract.
"Paul and I met at length Sunday, and then spoke again this morning, after which I determined the best path for Cougar football moving forward is to have a change of leadership," Moos said in a statement released by the school. "I appreciate all that Paul has done for Washington State football. He was hired with the objective of rebuilding the program and establishing a solid foundation. For that, I thank him."
Moos noted Monday after a WSU booster luncheon in Spokane that he was convinced Wulff's players had not "quit" on him, even as a 4-8 season wound down. But ultimately, Wulff's 9-40 record - worst in school history - did him in, as well as a divided fan base at a time when the Cougars are trying to raise funds for $80 million in improvements to Martin Stadium.
The Times reported that Mike Leach, former Texas Tech coach, would be at the top of the WSU list if the Cougars fired Wulff. Leach is also thought to be courted by Kansas, which just fired Turner Gill after two seasons.
"We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately," said Moos. "I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name a successful candidate as soon as possible."