UW athletic director Todd Turner said he supports his coach's decision to release some fourth-year juniors from their final season of eligibility. "It was not against any of our policies, it was not against any NCAA rules; and I think if there was anything that you want to re-examine it would be timing," the athletic director said. "I'm not second-guessing that decision. I support everything about what he does. He's an honorable guy and a heck of a football coach."
Other Monday notes:
Willingham said he is more confident that Carl Bonnell (thigh bruise among other issues) will be healthy enough to play in the Apple Cup than he is about Johnny DuRocher (concussion). Walk-on Felix Sweetman remains in play as the No. 1, 2 or 3 quarterback.
Speaking of quartebacks, Isaiah Stanback attended the weekly Monday press conference, walking on crutches and saying his injured foot is healing slowly. He also said he is disappointed the team hasn't won since his injury. He said he'll attend the Apple Cup, and is optimistic about his future.
Willingham and WSU coach Bill Doba said they have discussed sportsmanship with their players as a result of a brief skirmish between the teams after the game last season.
With the Huskies now eliminated from bowl contention, Willingham said he hopes to inflict the same pain on WSU. "That's hopefully one of the things that will be on the minds of our guys," he said. "Yes, you'd like to be able to do that."
Willingham also said that if he knew his team wouldn't have qualified for a bowl this season, he might not have canceled a previously arranged 13th regular season game at the University of Hawaii.
Washington coaches awarded only one player-of-the-week honor in the wake of the Stanford loss, to linebacker Tahj Bomar.