Paul Wulff Fired – Washington State football coach Paul Wulff was dismissed Tuesday after four years. He has only won 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.”
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 had one year remaining on his contract and was guaranteed a year’s severance pay of $600,000 if he was let go before the end of the five years.
“We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately,” Moos said. “I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name a successful candidate as soon as possible.”
Rumors that Wulff would be fired cropped up immediately after Saturday’s loss to archrival Washington. Moos and Wulff met at least twice over the following days to discuss the future of the program.
Wulff, who played at Washington State in the 1980s, was hired prior to the 2008 season from nearby Eastern Washington University. He replaced Bill Doba, inheriting a program that was gutted by poor recruiting, off-field problems and academic sanctions that led to scholarship reductions. The program is only now returning to a full slate of scholarship players.