Can you give us an overview of the improvements scheduled to be built?
PW: In the back of the [south] end zone will be a new press box, luxury boxes and more. Construction should start after this season and be completed in time for the 2012 season. Then there is a 100,000-square-foot football operations building that will house everything the players need. That should be done by 2013.
SI: HOW IMPORTANT ARE THOSE PROJECTS?
PW: [THEY] SHOULD MAKE OUR STADIUM AND OUR FACILITY ONE OF THE NICEST IN THE CONFERENCE. THAT EYE-CATCHER IS IMPORTANT IN RECRUITING.
So it's the Oregon model: Build it and they will come.
PW: Bill Moos, our athletic director, worked at Oregon [and] helped get those facilities built, and you see how that program has taken off. For Washington State to be where we want it in this conference now, we needed to make improvements.
You are one of the coaches often mentioned as "on the hot seat." Is that fair?
PW: I understand why people say that. We haven't won the last few years, and someone is going to take the hits. But the people here understand what we inherited. The goal is to [become] a consistent seven-, eight-, nine-win team, and to do that we need veterans, fourth-year juniors and fifth-year seniors. We are just starting to get those.