Fire Willingham Right Now?September 29th, 2008 by cstark
I’m not saying the Huskies should terminate their head football coach, but there’s a number of Washington fans calling for his ouster after an 0-4 start.
If the Huskies do fire Willingham, or if the embattled coach opts to step down, who becomes the interim coach?
Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell is the highest-paid assistant in Husky history, but at the rate the Dawgs are giving up yards and points, he seems an unlikely choice. Tim Lappano’s in his fourth season as offensive coordinator and has been an assistant head coach (1992-95 at Cal), but never a head man.
Chris Tormey, a popular assistant who worked under Don James, was head man at Idaho (1995-99) and Nevada (2000-03) and would seem to be the logical choice if you wanted somebody off the current staff. Tormey’s coaching linebackers and is also serving as the current recruiting coordinator, which might be the most important position on staff.
And one Husky booster tells me the name Lane Kiffin, currrent head coach of the Raiders, has been tossed around. ESPN reported that Kiffin has expressed interest in the UW job. And if you believe what you read, the former USC assistant will be available pretty soon because he’s headed toward the unemployment line.
It seems highly unlikely that you’d bring in a new coach at midseason, but these are dire times at Huskyville