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Cougars AD meets with Paul Wulff about future

Cougars AD meets with Paul Wulff about future

Credit: AP

Washington State head coach Paul Wulff talks with quarterback Kevin Lopina, left, during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. UCLA won 43-7. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

by Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 28 at 8:06 AM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Paul Wulff is still the coach at Washington State -- for now.

Athletic Director Bill Moos issued a statement Sunday night that discussions with Wulff about his future and that of the Cougars' program are ongoing.

The statement from Moos came after a 90-minute meeting with Wulff on Sunday evening and after The Seattle Times reported late Saturday night, citing unidentified sources, that barring a last-minute change that Wulff would not return. The report hit shortly after the Cougars' 38-21 loss to rival Washington in the Apple Cup.

"Paul and I met for an hour and a half this afternoon so I could hear his assessment of the season and where he would like to take the program from here," Moos said in the statement. "Our discussions will be ongoing."

The statement came after Wulff's regular Sunday night conference call with reporters was canceled.

There has been widespread speculation about whether Wulff would return for a fifth season. Washington State finished 4-8 this season after losing to the Huskies and is 9-40 in his four seasons in charge at his alma mater. The Cougars doubled their win total this season and twice lost by three points, including a 30-27 loss to Utah on Nov. 19 that ended any postseason hopes.

Wulff said after the loss to Washington that he liked the direction of his young football team.

"Our program has come a long way. I'm very proud of where we're at. We're right on the cusp of being really, really good," Wulff said. "Not a lot of teams can start three different quarterbacks in a season and still be in a position to be bowl eligible going into the end of the season. Looking around I'm very proud of what this team did under the circumstances with our quarterback situation, which is such a key role for a football team."

Wulff signed a five-year contract when he took over the Cougars in 2008, returning to the Palouse after a successful stint at nearby Eastern Washington. He inherited a program that was gutted by poor recruiting, off-field problems and academic sanctions that led to scholarship reductions.
Washington State has progressively become more competitive, but the wins haven't arrived irritating the Cougars fan base.

"I think we've done a hell of a job recruiting great young kids and our football program has a bright future," Wulff said. "That's my job and I've been doing that. This team has got a bright future."