Here's the release from the Huskies.
Here's some reaction:
"I'm excited. It's been a great program in the past and they're obviously down now. But I'm going to get them back to fighting for a championship."
University president Mark Emmert:
"I'm thrilled to have Steve heading up our football program. He's a very talented, energetic coach with a great work ethic and values that match the UW. His challenge is very clear. We believe he's entirely up to it, and we look forward to a return of the glory years for Husky football."
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UW freshman Kavario Middleton:
"It's a little revitalizing. Having a young guy coming in providing energy, it's a little exciting."
Linebacker Mason Foster:
"I think it's going to turn around real quick. I heard he's a great coach. He coached at a real good program, so hopefully we can just turn this around fast and take this year and never have this feeling in your stomach again, because it hurts."
TRENTON TUIASOSOPO on his memories of the USC offense:
"Just up-tempo, just trying to run the ball down your throat and trying to get the first down on second down.(UW defensive coordinator Ed Donatell) was good friends with (USC coach Pete Carroll) and gave us the downlow really on their offense. … I thought it was basic, but up-tempo."
Donatell and other UW assistants are under contract until the end of the school session. Typically, a new coach will bring in a mostly new staff, while often keeping some holdovers to help with continuity and serve as a bridge to recruits. Donatell is the only coach thought to have a contract that would assure him of a UW paycheck for another season, but he said Saturday he isn't certain that's the case.
From senior Michael Gottlieb:
"I have all the respect in the world for Coach Willingham. It's just unfortunate that the marriage didn't work out. It's not his fault, it's not our fault, it's just a collective team fault. But I think the guys have a great future coming forward here. I think they're going to really surprise some people next year. I'm definitely envious."