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Coach Says He’s Blameless

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Wazzu lost its innocence firing Paul Wulff.

That’s what former head football coach Wulff said in a Tuesday press conference. When asked about regrets, he said he had none and did nothing wrong.

Wulff had the worst four-year record in
Pac-12 or Washington State University history.

The former coach spoke an hour after Athletic Director Bill Woos officially announced he was cancelling Wulff’s contract as head football coach a year early.

Wulff finished his prepared statement by saying, “The great thing about Washington State University and being a Cougar is that we don’t do it like everybody else. We stick together and we don’t beat our own. The innocence of Wazzu was lost today.”

Wulff told reporters he felt he was in an unwinnable situation with a series of player injuries. Without those injuries, he said the team could have had six or seven wins. The season ended with four after
losing the Apple Cup on Saturday.

The former coach said repeatedly that the coming years are going to see big success because of his efforts.

He said his replacement will be “fortunate to walk into this situation” and predicted the team will see eight or nine wins next year.

“We took the hand that was dealt, shuffled it around, cleaned it up and it’s a pretty good hand right now,” Wulff said.

No coach, not even the legendary Vince Lombardi, can win without seniors, he said. That was the situation he walked into and next year’s seniors will accomplish great things.

Wulff said he had no regrets and would have done nothing differently.

When asked if he’d consider returning someday under different circumstances, he said he would if guaranteed a full five years.

At that point the former coach was cut off by a school official standing to the side and the press conference ended.

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