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January 4, 2008 4:21 PM

A.D. update

Posted by Bob Condotta

Had a chance to talk with both UW president Mark Emmert and interim athletic director Scott Woodward in the past couple of days about where the search for a permanent AD goes now.

Emmert said the plan is to form a "small search committee'' in a month or so and then go about the task of finding a replacement for the fired Todd Turner.

Before then, Emmert said he plans to meet with groups of faculty, athletic staff and other such groups to get a sense of what they want in a new AD, then form a search committee.

He said he'd like to hire a new AD by the end of the academic year at the latest, saying "there's no reason not to.''

Some have speculated that Woodward, who is currently the school's vice president for external affairs, could just slide into the full-time AD's job --- he officially becomes the interim AD on Jan. 31. But Woodward said it's still too early to tell if that's even something he would want to do. "I really love the job I have now,'' he said.

Upshot is, sounds like this is a process that is going to take a little while.

EMMERT ON DC SEARCH: I also asked Emmert about his role in the search for a new defensive coordinator --- he met witih UCLA 's DeWayne Walker twice before Walker decided to stay with the Bruins. Emmert said he talked to Walker the day before the Rose Bowl --- Emmert was there as all conference presidents and chancellors are invited to the game each year --- and again at halftime of the game (Walker was also in attendance).

"My role in any of these things is just to help out the coach,'' he said. "I don't normally get involved in those things --- this is Tyrone's search and his decison. When he was interested in pursuing coach Walker, I just asked if there was any way I could be helpful and it turned out he was talking to someone in the same town (where Emmert was) so we chatted a bit.''

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