Coach Willingham was asked directly today if recruiting would be easier if he had a vote of confidence from athletic director Scott Woodward.
And his answer was equally direct: "Absolutely."
However, it was somewhat more roundabout when asked how his assistant coaches were received while recruiting during the bye week:
I try to draw an analogy," he said. "It reminded me of a negative circumstance when you hae fires or disasters in another area: Everyone knows there's a fire. When you're right there, you feel the heat of it, have the smoke, you have all those things that you deal with. When you're far away, all you know is that there's a fire. That's very much what our recruiting was in the places we go to: They know there's some conditions, but they don't know all the stuff you deal with on a daily basis. … So, we still have a great opportunity to go in there, and if we turn things around, present a very positive outcome to the young men we're recruiting, and they can see themselves coming in and helping our program and making it better."
UW has received five oral commitments for its freshman class of 2009, but hasn't added a recruit since Sept. 7.