WSU fires coach Wulff after four seasons

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State football coach Paul Wulff was fired Tuesday after four years during which his teams won only nine games.

"I appreciate all that Paul has done for Washington State football," athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement announcing the firing. "He was hired with the objective of rebuilding this program and establishing a solid foundation. For that I thank him."

Moos said he hoped to hire Wulff's successor in two or three weeks.

He said he had a list with a half-dozen names, including former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. He declined to reveal the other names.

Wulff was 9-40 in his four seasons at Washington State, the worst winning percentage of any coach in the program's history. The Cougars went 4-8 this season, doubling their win total from 2010. They were just 4-32 in conference play under Wulff.

Wulff said he was leaving with a heavy heart.

"The great thing about Washington State University and being a Cougar is we don't do it like everybody else," Wulff said, his voice thick with emotion. "We stick together and don't eat our own.

"I believe the innocence of WSU has been lost today," Wulff said.

He said he believes that the task of turning around a struggling program was not possible in the time he was given, especially after injuries hurt his team. "We were an injury or two from being in a bowl game this year," Wulff said.

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