Barring something unforseen, it appears the Bill Doba era is going to continue. The TNT's Todd Miles reported today that a source close to the program had this to say:
"A source close to the program said while athletic director Jim Sterk and Doba have maintained an amicable relationship, it is “president (Elson S. Floyd) who wants (the coaches) gone … but when he asked about it in the middle of the (season) and found out it would cost $2.8 million, he backed off.”
Not a shock. Might as well say it now, but the WSU Football Blog staff heard the exact same thing about 5 or so weeks ago, in regards to president Floyd. But I guess they decided to keep things as they are. Who knows, though, they can always change their mind if they can figure out the payout structure as something that we've speculated on all along in terms of taking several years to pay it off, but I don't know if that's going to happen now.
Doba also said that as of Sunday night, he HAD NOT SPOKEN TO STERK OR FLOYD, and was still scheduled to hit the recruiting trail on Monday. If they were going to let him go, wouldn't they say "Hey Bill, why don't you delay that trip of yours and swing by the office on Monday for a little chat."
Meanwhile, Howie Stalwick keeps it up, this time writing a long pro/con story on retaining Doba. Give it a read, it's worth your while.
Finally, the TNT's Todd Miles reports that Brandon Gibson has already submitted his name for the NFL draft. Great. I've been fearful of this for the entire season, and you can clearly see the NFL talent on that kid. Not so much the TD catch to win the game, but the slant that he took to the house on Saturday, where he split the safeties and just ran away from everyone, now that is a play that NFL scouts will drool over. He's already speculated as a 3rd-rounder by Rob Rang, and that's good for Gibson, bad for the Cougs. I wonder what sort of advice Jason Hill would give him right about now?? How about "GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!!!?!?"
I'm very interested to see how they spin this as a positive move towards the future. We'll be back after the Doba announcement for reaction/spinning/complaining/whatever. Happy Monday!