After barely beating a vastly inferior opponent in their opening game of the 2006 season, the Fans and Alumni of the University of Washington and its Football Program are rapidly entering into Phase 2 of the Ty Willingham Experience.
As you can see here, the internet message boards are now participating in the strange dance we witnessed over the course of the 2003 season in which Notre Dame found itself battling divergent voices in its head. This schizophrenic shuffle will continue thru the rest of the season as Ty and Company manage to mangle their way thru the schedule, losing some games they should never lose, and then winning some games they should never have won after having lost those games which they never should have lost. Follow?
This, of course, will continue into Phase 3, where it is apparent to all of Washington’s fans but for a few pollyannas (sp?), who think he’s never really been given a chance to succeed, that Ty is completely unqualified to be a coach of anything, let alone a major college football program.
Still, given that Washington made the probably fatal mistake of hiring Willingham after Notre Dame “never really gave him a chance,” we anticipate that Washington may not just go on to experience Phase 3, but Phases 4 and 5 as well. And nobody’s really sure what happens after phase 5. Trying to explain what might happen if Ty Willingham is kept on contract for more than 5 years is sort of like trying to explain a square circle. The concept seems to be out there, but it’s an impossibility. Isn’t it?