In our Stoops @10 series, we’re running a story Friday on the stability of Bob Stoops’ staff. No assistant on Stoops’ staff has been fired. Few coaches can say that. University of Washington coach Tyrone Willingham certainly can’t.
Willingham fired Bob Simmons last December. Simmons will not be on the Husky staff that duels OU on Sept. 13. Simmons spent three years with Willingham in Seattle and three years on Willingham’s Notre Dame staff. Yet Simmons and defensive coordinator Kent Baer were made scapegoats after Washington’s 4-9 season in 2007.
Seattle media reported Simmons’ firing as unexpected. But Willingham’s move was not unique. Sacrificing assistants to appease disgruntled administrators and boosters is common in college football.
Simmons has not returned to college football and at age 59 might not.