Washington's season is so horrid, the Huskies are now apparently losing even when they don't play.
BOISE, Idaho — Washington's season is so horrid, the Huskies are now apparently losing even when they don't play.
By late Friday, three more potential contenders in the secretive search to replace fired coach Tyrone Willingham had taken other jobs, indicated no one had called or expressed a desire to stay put.
Former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin had professed his interest in the UW job hours after Willingham was fired last month, effective at season's end. On Friday, Kiffin agreed tentatively to be the new coach at Tennessee.
Fresno State coach Pat Hill is rumored to be near the top of the Huskies' wish list. If so, they are taking a long time to let him know.
When asked, after his Bulldogs got trounced 61-10 at No. 9 Boise State on Friday night, whether Washington had contacted him, Hill said flatly: "No."
Is Hill interested in being the next Huskies' coach?
"I just want to talk about this game," Hill said outside his locker room, obviously perturbed by the 48 points Boise State put up in the second half to end the hopes of a stunning upset of the undefeated WAC champions by his Bulldogs (7-5).
Earlier this week, Boise State coach Chris Petersen, another successful coach rumored to be coveted by Washington, chuckled through the telephone when he was asked if talk he will soon sign a lucrative extension to remain with the Broncos is true.
"I'd like to stay here for as long as I can. That's about all I have to say about that," said Petersen, who improved to 35-3 in three seasons since being promoted when former coach Dan Hawkins left to lead Colorado.
Washington (0-11) is the only winless major college team in the nation. It has its third bye of the season this weekend before finishing on Dec. 6 at California — where coach Jeff Tedford, another rumored candidate for the UW, is said to be happy because he is finally getting the improvements he's long sought for the Bears' program he turned around.
Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward is known to have interviewed only Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood. Haywood seems unlikely to get the job, given he has no head-coaching experience and Irish coach Charlie Weis recently took over play-calling duties on Haywood's offense.
Haywood does have ties to Woodward and Washington president Mark Emmert. All three worked together at LSU.
Woodward and Emmert, the former president of LSU, also used to work in Baton Rouge, La., with Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. But two weeks ago, the Longhorns announced Muschamp will eventually replace Mack Brown as their head man.
Emmert has said he is willing to pay top dollar out of funds from Washington's self-sustaining athletic department to attract a top coach to revive the Huskies' program.
But those top coaches aren't exactly emerging, or even stepping forward. At least not yet.