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Emmert: Decision mostly made after OSU

UW president Mark Emmert said that the decision to replace football coach Tyrone WIllingham was mostly made after the loss to Oregon State. Only the details and decisions were left after that, although he admits that Saturday's loss to Notre Dame didn't help things.

Emmert said he was surprised by the team's troubles this season -- especially on offense. He said he doesn't necessarily expect the new coach to get the Huskies to the Rose Bowl next season, but that he believes there is good young talent on the roster.

Emmert said he doesn't have a particular name or even handful of names in mind, but that this will allow the school to begin looking for that next coach immediately without going behind anyone's back.

He said he would be open to someone with head coaching experience or a coordinator, someone from college or the NFL ... although he noted that obviously someone with college head coach experience is easiest to judge.

He wouldn't "speculate" about Seahawks assistant Jim Mora, a popular name among UW fans.

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