A disgruntled Washington booster offered $100,000 to university president Mark Emmert six weeks ago if Emmert would fire coach Tyrone Willingham, the Seattle Times reports.
The booster was identified as multimillionaire attorney Ed Hansen, a Washington alum and former three-term mayor of Everett, which is located north or Seattle.
Hansen also asked for the termination of Todd Turner as athletic director in an email, which was among 1,000 or so the newspaper received under a public records request.
Turner has announced his resignation, effective Jan. 31.
When it was announced on Dec. 5 that Willingham would be the coach in 2008, not all fans agreed. One wrote: "Today is the single worst day I have ever experienced as a Husky. My hope is gone, and that is truly sad. I am 24 ... ."
Although most of the emails were critical of Willingham, some were supportive, including one from Seattle Seahawk running back Shaun Alexander: "I want to tell you how pleased I am with the direction of the program and the character of the guys Ty has been bringing in."
Former Seahawk quarterback Jeff Kemp also wrote to support Willingham: "This man has changed lives and the reputation of UW football player culture [of which there were too many sad embarrassments before]. He is building a foundation, and winning will result."
Thanks to Image of Sport.