The Associated Press has filed this report from an interview with University of Washington president Mark Emmert:
SEATTLE (AP) — The president of the University of Washington says Husky fans need to give football coach Tyrone Willingham a break.
President Mark Emmert says the team has one of its toughest schedules ever. The Huskies have gone 0-2 and face No. 3 Oklahoma next. Emmert says many fans have been offering their opinions on the football program.
But the president says no one is more frustrated by the losing record than Willingham.
Emmert says the university was weeks away from hiring a new athletic director. The man who hired Willingham was forced to resign.
The "weeks away" comment on the athletic director search sounds like a bit of a backing off on an earlier Emmert projection that the new AD might be named by the beginning of UW's fall session, which starts Sept. 24. That prediction was echoed over the weekend by action UW athletic director Scott Woodward.