I remember the first long sit-down one-on-one interview I had with coach Tyrone Willingham as he was about to begin his first season as UW coach.
I told him how meaningful the walk down the Husky Stadium tunnel has been for so many Huskies, and I asked him if he expected to feel any emotion his first walk down as head coach.
He said that the walk down the tunnel isn't what is important; the important thing is the competition that awaits on the field at the end of the tunnel.
Over these past four seasons, that answer has come to seem very much in keeping with the man Willingham is.
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Today, I had to turn the question around, noting that he would take his final pregame walk down that tunnel on Saturday, and wondering if he expects to feel any emotions this time
"I'll be drawing closer to an end here," he said. "Ends that don't finish the way you'd like them to are kind of difficult."
I plan more Senior Day coverage as the week progresses. But my Tuesday story will look at Willingham's final walk, and also the final walk of kicker Ryan Perkins, who has decided to skip his final season due to the worsening condition of the knee injury he suffered in the 2006 spring game.