Paul Wulff officially dismissed by Wazzu

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After three days of discussions, deliberations and meetings, Washington State has finally made offical what’s been two-plus years in the making.

In a release, athletic director Bill Moos announced that Paul Wulff has been relieved of his coaching duties.  Moos said in his statement that he and Wulff held a lengthy meeting Sunday, then informed the coach this morning of his decision to move in another direction.

“I appreciate all that Paul has done for Washington State football. He was hired with the objective of rebuilding this program and establishing a solid foundation. For that I thank him,” Moos said in a statement.

“We will begin the process of naming the next head coach immediately. I will not be discussing details of the hiring process, only that I expect to name a successful candidate as soon as possible.”

Wulff has won just nine of his 49 games in his four years as the Cougars’ head coach, and has seemingly been on the coaching hot seat for more than two of those seasons.  Oddly enough, Wulff compiled his best season record-wise this year as WSU went 4-8, which is just one victory shy of the team’s total for the first three years of his tenure combined.

It had previously been reported that former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach would be at the top of Moos’ coaching shopping list upon Wulff’s firing.

Incidentally, Wulff becomes the 17th coach who started the 2011 season in charge on the sidelines but will not return in the same capacity for their school in 2012.  You can click HERE and keep up with every spin of this year’s coaching carousel.

UPDATED 8:49 p.m. ET: Wulff, who played at WSU in the 80s, was far from pleased with the fact that he was given the boot by his alma mater.

“The great thing about Washington State University and being a Cougar is we don’t do it like everybody else,” Wulff said, his voice thick with emotion. “We stick together and don’t eat our own.

“I believe the innocence of WSU has been lost today.”

OK then…