WSU Announces Paul Wulff as New Head CoachPosted: Updated:
PULLMAN, Wash - By college football standards, new Washington State coach Paul Wulff comes cheap, just like predecessor Bill Doba. Cougars athletic director Jim Sterk says the 40-year-old Wulff will sign a five-year contract that will begin paying him about what Doba was paid, around $500,000 a year.
Wulff was introduced to the media in Pullman today, although he didn't need much of an introduction. He was the head coach at nearby Eastern Washington for the past eight years and played center at Washington State from 1985-89. He replaces the 67-year-old Doba, who was forced out after going 30-29 in five seasons.
The Cougars did not qualify for a bowl game in Doba's final four seasons, going 5-7 this season. Doba had two years left on his contract and the university had to pay off about $1.5 million to him.
Wulff is the 31st head football coach at WSU, and the first alumnus to hold the job since Phil Sarboe in 1945-49. Sterk acknowledged Wulff began as something of a dark horse candidate for the WSU job. Sterk added that after interviewing six candidates, members of the search committee came to a unanimous decision on Wulff.
Wulff was 53-40 at Eastern Washington, located 70 miles to the north in Cheney. His team qualified for the Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) playoffs in three of the past four seasons. This year the Eagles went 9-4, losing to Appalachian State in the quarterfinals. Wulff was Big Sky Conference coach of the year in 2001, 2004 and 2005. His teams are noted for potent offenses. Eastern Washington ranked eighth in the nation in total offense this season at 462 yards per game. Wulff plans to install the no-huddle offense at Washington State.