Dec. 13, 2004
Charles Farrell, Director of Sports, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition:"I'm fortunate enough to have met Coach Willingham, and he is a truly good person. He has always been successful wherever he has gone, not just in terms of winning games, but also in graduating athletes. The University of Washington has a storied football history, and Tyrone Willingham is only going to add great things to that. Washington is getting a quality coach, and they are lucky to have him."
Dennis Green, Arizona Cardinals head coach and former Stanford head coach:
"The University of Washington is extremely fortunate to be hiring Tyrone Willingham. He's not only a proven and successful head coach but an even more impressive man who will have a tremendously positive impact on the university and the community."
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and President, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition:"This is a victory for the University of Washington. Tyrone Willingham is a fine football coach, and carries himself with great dignity and character. It's hard to get that combination in one person. He's won nearly 60 percent of his games, and his teams have had the highest graduation rates in the country. That's the true equation of the student-athlete. He's about developing young men, not just winning football games. He is able to be competitive without sacrificing the academic standards. His virtues shine brighter than a golden dome."
Teyo Johnson, Former Stanford Wide Receiver Currently With Oakland Raiders: "I think it's great. I knew he was going to land on his feet. He went to a great program where he can recruit top-notch guys."
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President, Notre Dame University:"Tyrone Willingham is a person of integrity and commitment who has a proven record of success. All of his friends here at Notre Dame wish him well in his new responsibilities at the University of Washington."
Warren Moon, Former UW Quarterback, 1978 Rose Bowl MVP:"This is an outstanding hire. Tyrone is a person of incredible integrity, and incredible character, and he is going to bring those qualities back to this program. He has a tremendous talent for developing young men. He's going to be a very no-nonsense coach, but he'll also teach the players to have fun in a high-class way."
Marques Tuiasosopo, Former UW Quarterback Currently With Oakland Raiders: "I'm excited about Ty Willingham coaching up at Washington. I played against him when I was there and his teams were always well-prepared -- they fought hard and played well. I got a chance to play with some of his players, and the stuff they've told me about him will fit right in with our history and tradition in Washington. I'm looking forward to this new chapter of Washington football. I think Ty will do a good job up there and get it back to where it has been and where it belongs."
Stan Wilcox, President, Black Coaches' Association:"Washington has hired an outstanding football coach. Tyrone Willingham is an outstanding individual, in terms of the way he carries himself both in public and behind closed doors. You couldn't find a better gentleman of character and respect within the football coaching community. He is going to do great things for Washington. The entire Black Coaches Association is in total support of him."
Chris Zorich, Two-Time All-American at Notre Dame & ESPN analyst:"I've spent a lot of time with Tyrone Willingham in his three years at Notre Dame, and not only is he a great coach, but he is someone who cares deeply about the development of his players into men. The fact that he was more concerned with the opportunity to take 18- and 19-year old kids and teach them how to be men, than he was with the x's and o's of the game, blew me away. He's a man with great integrity. I would give anything for the opportunity to play for him."