Tyrone Willingham left coaching in 2008 after being fired from Washington after four straight losing seasons with the Huskies, which in turn had followed two lackluster seasons at Notre Dame. At only 56 six years old Willingham is still in his coaching prime if you will, so it might be somewhat surprising that the coach who once took Stanford to a PAC 10 championship and was once a very hot commodity in college football didn't end up anywhere as a minor conference head coach or perhaps as a coordinator on a BCS league team.â†µ
The reason? Tyrone Willingham is retired, he said so just yesterday. When asked by a Jacksonville, NC newspaper about his future Willingham replied "[I have] no problem announcing...that I am retired."
So while in a sense it is surprising that coach Willingham might want to stop coaching at such a young age, it is important to remember why he has had such a rocky road at his past two jobs: his notoriously icy relationship with fans, boosters and the media. So it isn't surprising that this was among his reasoningâ†µ
"As a football coach you can kind of eliminate your bosses to a certain degree. You’ve got alumni. Some you have to answer to. Some you don’t."â†µ
Also among the reasons Willingham may not be receiving too many job offers lately: no bowl wins since 1995, no bowl trips since 2004, and no wins whatsoever since 2007.