SEATTLE - Washington coach Tyrone Willingham says he will step down at the end of the 2008 season.
The Huskies fell to 0-7 on Saturday after a 33-7 loss to Notre Dame.
Willingham and athletic director Scott Woodward made the announcement at a news conference Monday. Willingham has been under fire for being unable to turn around the Washington program. He is 11-32 overall in his four seasons. Washington currently has a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season, tied with North Texas for the longest in the country among major schools.
Woodward has said he did not want to change coaches during the season. But he said Monday's announcement ends speculation of what is going to happen and lets the team focus on the final five games.
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