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When he arrived at Washington, Willingham was charged with restoring the integrity of the program that spiraled out of control during former coach Rick Neuheisel's tenure, whose UCLA team will visit the Huskies on Nov. 15.
Willingham brought stability and order to the program but that didn't add up to wins on the field, where the Huskies were plagued by second-half collapses, critical injuries and some uninspired performances in Willingham's tenure.
"It became quite obvious with the performance on the football field it wasn't up to what we talked about at the beginning of the season and previous to the season," Woodward said. "It became more obvious as time went on this season."
With a team full of freshmen and sophomores, this season is on pace to be one of the worst in school history. Washington went 1-10 in 2004 and 1-9 in 1969. The only hope for a victory this season would seem to be the Nov. 21 Apple Cup at rival Washington State.
And Willingham will be on the sideline -- a position he's not eager to give up, not even next season.
"I will not rule out anything," he said when asked about his future.
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