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UW names Gilbertson head football coach

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 10:55 am

SEATTLE - The University of Washington named Keith Gilbertson head football coach on Tuesday, the day after Rick Neuheisel's firing became official.

Gilbertson, previously the Huskies' offensive coordinator, will make $870,000 a year under a four-year contract, Washington Athletic director Barbara Hedges said.

Gilbertson was placed in charge of supervising the football program's day-to-day operations last month.

Hedges announced June 12 that she was firing Neuheisel, saying he broke NCAA rules against gambling by taking part in neighborhood pools on the past two NCAA basketball tournaments.

She said he wasn't forthcoming when first questioned by NCAA investigators.

Neuheisel has maintained he didn't know he was breaking the rules, saying an athletic department memo from the school's compliance officer gave him permission to gamble with neighbors.

He had a 33-15 record in four seasons at Washington, including a 7-6 mark last season when the Huskies lost to Purdue in the Sun Bowl.

Neuheisel's firing "with cause" means he will receive no more money from the balance of his contract and will have to repay a $1.5 million loan received last August.

The Huskies open the season Aug. 30 at defending national champion Ohio State.

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