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ND fires Willingham

Sam Davis | Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Notre Dame football coach Tyrone Willingham will not return to coach the Irish for the 2005 season. “The University has determined that Tyrone Willingham will not be retained as the Notre Dame head football coach, and I informed Tyrone of that decision this morning,” Notre Dame Athletic Director Kevin White said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “All of us had great expectations when we sat here three years ago, and in a number of ways Tyrone has been an excellent fit and a great representative of our program. “He personally has displayed impeccable integrity and tremendous character, and his players have represented themselves off the field in a first-class manner.”Willingham has a record of 21-15 in three seasons (2002-04) as Irish head coach. Notre Dame lost the final game of the 2004 season, 41-10, to Southern Cal, the third straight 31-point loss to the Trojans.For the full story and complete coverage, see Wednesday’s editon of The Observer.