Harris, Willingham bring credibility

Originally Published: December 14, 2004
By Rod Gilmore | ESPN Insider
Tyrone Willingham was fired at Notre Dame, and Walt Harris was about to be fired at Pittsburgh. Both have landed in the Pac-10, and the conference is better for it.

Willingham and Harris help give the Pac-10 the best group of coaches the conference has seen since the days of John Robinson (USC), Terry Donahue (UCLA), Bill Walsh (Stanford) and Don James (Washington).

With Pete Carroll and Norm Chow at USC, Jeff Tedford at California, Mike Bellotti at Oregon and Dirk Koetter at Arizona State, Willingham and Harris give the Pac-10 a strong group of coaches with high profiles. Even Mike Stoops (Arizona) and Karl Dorrell (UCLA) have shown promise in the early stages of their head-coaching careers.

Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.