Two of the top contributors from UW's freshman class -- receiver Jermaine Kearse and tight end Kavario Middleton -- said they committed to the university while knowing coach Tyrone Willingham's job status was uncertain.
Therefore, both said they don't regret their decision to become Huskies, even after Monday's news that Willingham will leave at the end of the season.
When I commited to come here I commit to the school and not moreso the coach," Kearse said. "Coach, he recruited me, which I was thankful for, but I came to play at the University of Washington and that's what I plan to do."
"I was going to come here anyway," Middleton said. "I like (Willingham). He's a good guy. But I was coming here."
Kearse said he heard the news by university e-mail, and Middleton said he learned through a text message from Kearse.