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May 22, 2008 9:42 PM

Interesting story on Weis, Willingham salaries

Posted by Bob Condotta

Tyrone Willingham may be on the hottest seat of any college football coach in America, but at least it's a plush one.

This story today from the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette details how Willingham was paid $650,000 by Notre Dame from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 as part of the school's settlement when it fired him in 2004.

The story says that's more than the base salary of $598,000 paid to Charlie Weis, making Willingham the second-highest paid employee at Notre Dame for the 2006-07 fiscal year. Weis, however, has all kinds of other compensation as Coaches Hot Seat says that his total salary is $4.2 million a year.

That list puts Willingham's guaranteed compensation at 39th in the country and fourth in the Pac-10 at $1.47 million per year, behind Pete Carroll ($3.8 million), Mike Bellotti ($2.05 million) and Jeff Tedford ($1.85 million).

Drawing two salaries puts Willingham in a rare category of being among the highest-paid employees at two major universities at the same time. Willingham is the highest-paid employee at UW (which also makes him the highest-paid employee in the state). He can also make about another $400,000 in incentives (though $175,000 is pretty hard to reach as that's what he would get for winning the BCS title game). You can view his contract here.

So combining his Notre Dame and UW salaries means Willingham pulled in more than $2 million during that fiscal year.

One thing I'd forgotten in reviewing his contract is that it was amended in 2006 to award him $25,000 if the team's APR number is equal to or greater than "the cutpoint established by the NCAA.'' It was, when released earlier this month, making Willingham just a little bit richer.

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May 22, 2008 8:58 PM

Tuiasosopo back to Raiders

Posted by Bob Condotta

Former UW quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has signed to play again for the Oakland Raiders, it was announced earlier today.

Here's a story from the San Francisco Chronicle saying Tui will compete with Andrew Walter for the backup job behind starter JaMarcus Russell.

Here's an AP story, as well. Tui played with the Raiders from 2001-06 before spending last season with the Jets.

Sounds like a good situation to at least make a roster, and with Russell being pretty unproven --- and said to weigh at least 269 pounds --- who knows what kinds of opportunities could await this season?

This also means Tui could get a lot of playing time at Qwest Field on Aug. 29, when the Raiders close out the pre-season against the Seahawks. Backups typically go most of the way in the final pre-season game while the starters rest.

Here are Tui's career stats.

His signing means the Raiders have four former Huskies on the current roster --- Marcel Reece, Louis Rankin and Greyson Gunheim were all signed by Oakland as undrafted free agents and will try to make the team in fall camp.

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May 22, 2008 11:02 AM

Interesting take on Willingham from

Posted by Bob Condotta

Dennis Dodd of attended The Football Forum in Dallas last week and wrote this story out of it exploring Tyrone Willingham's future at Washington.

You'll note that Willingham states that he doesn't feel any more pressure heading into this season than he has in any other season because "it's impossible to put pressure on someone whose expectation is greater than those who seek to apply pressure. Is there anyone who wants to win more than coach Willingham?'' He's said similar things every time he's asked about it, and don't expect him to ever admit he's feeling any additional pressure. Just not something he's ever going to say.

Still, it's interesting in the context of this story because it then includes a few quotes from Skyline coach Mat Taylor saying that the expectations at UW may be too high right now. But if Willingham's quote is read literally, he has higher expectations than anyone else, even all the fans.

Dodd also restates what he wrote a few weeks ago --- that Willingham has the hottest seat of any college coach in the country. Expect a lot more stories along those lines in the days leading up to Aug. 30, a day in which that seat will either cool down appreciably or heat up so much that it may burst into flame (get used to every possible hot-seat analogy between now and then, as well).

Also a quote in there from Mike Bellotti saying he doesn't like the idea of offering players at younger and younger ages, but that he has had to reluctantly follow along. Doubt college football will ever go as far as college basketball in this area, but sounds like an inevitable trend.

Here also are Dodd's coach's hot seat ratings. You'll see Willingham has a 4.95 rating out of 5. The only other conference coach rated as being in any real trouble is Arizona's Mike Stoops, at 4.

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May 22, 2008 8:28 AM

Huskies "Blitz The Sound''

Posted by Bob Condotta

I mentioned yesterday I spent the morning following some of the UW players as they took part in the "Blitz The Sound'' community outreach event.

Here's the story that resulted.

It was a fun morning watching the guys interact with the Kindergartners --- they seemed to genuinely be interested and they spent more than two hours there, so it's not as if they just stopped in, posed for a few pictures, and took off. There are obviously a lot of questions about the direction of the program on the field, but events like this show that there some good things happening, as well. We also covered this event last year, as well.

Many other players will be visiting a number of other schools in the area today as the BTS concludes.

Here's a statement UW coach Tyrone Willingham released yesterday about the goals of the event:

"Community service is one of the four pillars of our program. It fits very comfortably with our goals of 1) building great players who comprise the best team in the country, 2) producing great students, 3) developing young men who lead and serve others, and 4) creating an environment in which young men can have fun in a responsible manner. Donating time and self is one way that we can perform a service to the community, as well as aid the maturation of our young men into adults. I believe with these values we will develop young men who will be our future great leaders.''

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