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Three years not long enough

Tyrone Willingham didn't recruit enough skill players, but he still deserved more than three years to turn Notre Dame around.

Originally Published: November 30, 2004
By Kirk Herbstreit | Special to ESPN.com

Tyrone Willingham needed more time.

Three years is simply not a long enough period to evaluate a coach at a high-profile institution like Notre Dame, where someone like Willingham needs four or five years in order to recruit enough personnel to fit his system. He was incredibly fortunate to have won 10 games in his first season, but that win total raised expectations and gave fans and alumni false hope.

That 2002 team was not as well off as the current Irish squad, which has players ...

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