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WSU picks EWU's Wulff as new football coach

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff will become Washington State's new head football coach, replacing 67-year-old Bill Doba.

The announcement was made in a 3 p.m. press conference on Tuesday, little more than two weeks after Doba announced he would not be returning following a disappointing 5-7 season.

Wulff will be taking some key members of his Eastern Washington staff with him to the Palouse.

He will bring with him EWU offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy and EWU defensive coordinator Jody Sears.

Wulff, 40, had made no secret he wanted to return to coach at his alma mater, where he was an offensive lineman from 1985-1989 and played on the Cougars' 1988 Aloha Bowl team under Dennis Erickson.

Doba's assistants were retained temporarily but Director of Athletics Jim Sterk has said it would be up to the new coach to decide whether he wanted to keep any of them. WSU quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach served as Wulff's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at EWU before taking the Pullman job in 2003.

Wulff has been coach at Eastern Washington since 2000 and was Big Sky Conference coach of the year in 2001, 2004 and 2005. He was 53-40 in eight seasons in Cheney and before that was Eastern Washington's offensive coordinator (1998-1999) and offensive line coach (1994-1997).

The Eagles went 9-4 in the 2007 season, losing 38-25 to Appalachian State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on December 1.

Although the Cougars beat Washington in the Apple Cup in Seattle, Doba stepped down after five seasons as the head coach and a 30-29 record as the Washington State head football coach. He had two seasons left on his contract that required the university to reportedly give him a $1.5 million payoff.

The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved contributed to this report