Athletic director Scott Woodward said that coach Tyrone Willingham won't be fired during the coming bye week, and that he remains firm in his intention to make his coaching decision after this season.
UPDATE: And since the comments below have begun discussing the "North Carolina model" of coaching changes, here's a link to the John McGrath column about that.
And here's more of what Woodward and some Huskies said about Willingham:
"I told you last weekend that I was less satisfied than I was the week before, and I'm even less happy today. But we have seven games to play, and we're going to play those seven games. And, no, there's not going to be a change this week. Like I said, (I will) look at the whole body of work of this season and assess it at the end of the season."
"Coach Willingham's coaching as hard as he can, and the kids are playing hard. I didn't see quit in these guys. They didn't play well, but I didn't see quit. I didn't see bad dissention. But it's not good. I don't want to sugar coat it, but it's not good."
"You don't want to have your team orphaned -- it's a bad situation. I don't think it's a great philosophy to make a firing in the middle of a season. I just don't believe in it. … We have class in this program and integrity."
The players also seem eager to see their coach stay.
Linebacker Mason Foster: "Coach Ty Willingham or not, I'm trying to win, you know what I'm saying. The coach hot seat or anything they're talking about, I'm just trying to win for the University of Washington, for us. We've got to take pride in what we do. We can't look at it like it's on Coach Willingham. It's on us. We're the ones out there on the field."
Quarterback Ronnie Fouch: "For a lot of us, this was the reason we came here was because of coach Willingham. We're not going to give up on our head coach. We're going to keep fighting and battling, no matter what it takes. We're not going to give up this season.
Finally, here's a letter regarding the Tuite move that Woodward wrote to the athletic staff:
Here at the University of Washington we enjoy a rich history and tradition of excellence, both on the field and in the classroom. That success is the result of the commitment that those in leadership positions at this fine institution have made to provide a superior experience to the students who attend this school. There are many in this department who have been instrumental in creating the level of success that we have enjoyed over the years, including our current Executive Staff. Maintaining a tradition of excellence, though, sometimes requires change and a new direction. With this in mind, I have decided to seek a new direction for our Olympic Sports programs and I have informed Marie Tuite that I will be replacing her with a new Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Programs. I have not reached this decision lightly, it has been the product of months of thought and discussion and I have come to the conclusion that this will provide me with a fresh start for managing our sport programs.
Marie has contributed greatly to this department during her tenure here and she is to be commended on her wonderful service to our coaches, staff, donors, and student-athletes. Please join me in thanking Marie for her dedicated service to the University. I know that she has many friends in the department and on campus who wish her the very best.
I have begun the search for a new Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Programs and anticipate having an announcement in the next few weeks. In the interim, please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.