Washington State fires Wulff

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced Tuesday that Paul Wulff will not return as head coach in 2012.

Paul Wulff ICONPaul Wulff is out after four seasons in Pullman.

"Paul and I met at length Sunday and then spoke again this morning, after which I determined the best path for Cougar football moving forward is to have a change of leadership," said Moos. "I appreciate all that Paul has done for Washington State football. He was hired with the objective of rebuilding this program and establishing a solid foundation. For that I thank him."

Wulff completed his fourth year at the school this past week in a loss to Washington in the Apple Cup. He recorded a 9-40 overall mark, including a 4-8 record this fall. But despite playing dealing with instability at the quarterback position, Wazzu made great strides offensively and improved on the defensive side of the ball, as well, in 2011. The team averaged 29.8 points per game this season, 11 more than in 2010, while the Cougars gave up more than four points fewer per game compared to last season.

Wulff had one year remaining on his five-year contract.

"We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately," said Moos. "I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name a successful candidate as soon as possible."

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