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Washington's Willingham Fired, Lane Kiffan Interested In Job

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Washington's Willingham fired
      SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington football team's 0-7
team that included a demoralizing 33-7 loss to Notre Dame Saturday
at Husky Stadium has cost 54-year-old Tyrone Willingham his second
major college head coaching job in four years.
      Willingham was fired yesterday in Seattle, with a four-year
record of 11-32 and nine consecutive defeats dating back to last
      Willingham and Washington athletic director Scott Woodward
announced Willingham's departure at Willingham's weekly campus news
conference. Willingham will coach the Huskies in their final five
games this season.
      The hapless Huskies are 43-point underdogs at No. 7 USC in a
Pac-10 game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles. The Huskies' 2008
season ends Dec. 6 at California.
      With one year left on his five-contract that he signed after the
2004 season when he was fired as Notre Dame's head coach,
Willingham will receive a $1 million buyout.
      Willingham had a 21-15 record in three seasons at Notre Dame. He
got the Washington job weeks after losing his Notre Dame job.
      In 1999, Willingham coached Stanford to the Pac-10 title and
into its first Rose Bowl since 1971.
      Lane Kiffin interested in UW job
      SEATTLE (AP) - Fired Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin expressed
interest last night in the coaching job at the University of
Washington just hours after the school announced Tyrone Willingham
will not return next season.
      Kiffin was fired by Raiders owner Al Davis less than one month
ago in his second season with Oakland.
      He told The Associated Press he considered the position with the
Huskies a great job in which he is sure a lot of coaches are
already interested.
      Kiffin spent six years as an assistant in the Pac-10 with USC,
the last two as the Trojans' offensive coordinator, before becoming
the Raiders head coach in January 2007.

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