In 2004, Notre Dame terminated Willingham after serving only three years of a five-year contract. Notre Dame was immediately criticized for its decision at the time, but now looking at the numbers, it is hard to criticize either university for their respective decisions.
Willingham will end his career with, at worst, an 0-12 season or, at best, a 3-9 season (assuming wins against the Sun Devils, Bruins and Cougars). Washington's last five games are against USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State and Oregon. Here are the stats for Willingham's coaching career (courtesy of Wikipedia):
|Stanford Cardinal (Pac-10) (1995–2001)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (2002–2004)|
|Washington Huskies (Pac-10) (2005–present)|
|†Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll of the season.|
Tyrone was 1-5 in bowl games and was outscored 4,334-to-4,022 over his career.