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October 27, 2008 11:40 AM

Willingham resigns, will coach out season

Posted by Bob Condotta

Tyrone Willingham has announced his resignation as coach of the Huskies but will coach out the season.

"It is my desire to complete and finish the football season and do that in the manner that I have done it unwavering in my approach and commitment to my young men," Willingham said.

UW AD Scott Woodward said he wanted Willingham to finish out the season to keep continuity in the program.

He said he wanted to make the decision now so that the Huskies can get "a head start'' on the process of finding another coach.

He said the search will start immediately.

Woodward said the discussions began last Sunday about making a change.

He said Willingham will receive what his contractual obligations -- he is due a $1 million buyout according to his contract.

Willingham is 11-32 as UW's coach.

Asked what went wrong at UW, Willingham said: "We didn't win enough games. That's it. We didn't win football games. But I do believe we put the program in a position where it will be able to win football games.''

Willingham took over following the 2004 season when Keith Gilbertson resigned after going 1-10.

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