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May 2, 2008 4:27 PM

Cragg won't pursue AD job, Moos yet to be contacted

Posted by Bob Condotta

The known candidate pool for the vacant UW athletic director's job shrunk a bit today as Mike Cragg, a 1986 graduate of Washington who is an associate athletic director at Duke, said he will not pursue the position.

Cragg said he is instead focusing his energies on attempting to become the new AD at Duke, where he has worked since 1987. Duke AD Joe Alleva recently left to take the same position at LSU.

Cragg, a native of Yakima, applied for the UW job in 2004 and had said in December he would like to be considered this time.

But now, with his interest in the Duke opening, he said ''the timing is just not right'' to be a candidate at UW.

Also, Raymond Cihak, an attorney for former Oregon athletic director Bill Moos, said today that Moos has not been contacted by either UW or the search firm helping the Huskies in the process. Cihak said Moos said it would be inappropriate to comment further since he hasn't been contacted. Through Cihak, Moos said in December that the UW job "would be a great opportunity for whomever they hire.''

Moos has been speculated as a possible candidate but also has a non-compete clause in his contract with Oregon that could complicate coming to UW. Specifically, he will be paid $1.85 million over 10 years as long as he does not take a job as an AD ''or a comparable position at a Bowl Championship Series Conference school west of the Mississippi River.''

The fact that Moos hasn't been contacted yet may not mean it's certain that he isn't a candidate. But there are strong indications that Parker Executive Search, hired by UW to aid in the search, has begun contacting potential candidates, a process thought to have picked up steam this week after it became known that acting AD Scott Woodward would not be a candidate to take over permanently.

Woodward had been thought to be a leading candidate but said Thursday he wouldn't pursue the job with UW president Mark Emmert feeling he can best serve the school in his current position as the vice president of external affairs.

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May 2, 2008 2:39 PM

Two TV times set

Posted by Bob Condotta

Washington had two games selected today for broadcast by ABC or ESPN, home contests against Oklahoma and Notre Dame that will both essentially be night games

The Oklahoma game, set for Sept. 13, will kick off at 4:45 p.m. and will be telecast on ESPN. The Notre Dame game on Oct. 25 will kick off at 5 p.m. and will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Each of these will essentially be national telecasts.

As of now, those are the only two UW games set for TV for next season but many others are likely to end up with some sort of telecast as this was just the first round of TV selections for next season. Fox Sports Net will make its first set of picks by June 1 when a handful of other Husky games will likely be selected.

UPDATE --- Here's a release with more details from GoHuskies.com noting that the Dec. 6 game at Cal will also be on ESPN, ESPN2 or FSN, though no time has yet been set.

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May 2, 2008 2:24 PM

UW fills one associate AD job

Posted by Bob Condotta

A day after announcing he wouldn't pursue the job as UW's full-time athletic director, Scott Woodward essentially filled one of the department's two vacant senior associate AD jobs.

The school announced today that Jennifer Cohen will be promoted to the new position of senior associate athletic director for development, essentially putting her in charge of fundraising for the athletic department. Here is the release from GoHuskies.com.

Cohen essentially takes the position vacated two months ago when Scott Barnes left to become the new AD at Utah State. However, Cohen's job title is little different --- Barnes was senior associate AD for advancement --- and her responsibilities are a little different as well --- she's strictly in charge of fundraising while Barnes also oversaw things like marketing, promotions and ticket sales.

Along with needing to find a new AD, the Huskies also recently lost another associate AD, Jeff Compher, who was essentially the No. 2 man in the department. He is still on the job through June but recently accepted a position as the new AD at Northern Illinois.

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May 2, 2008 9:11 AM

More on the AD search

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here's my full story today on the news from Thursday that Scott Woodward will not pursue becoming the permanent AD at Washington.

At the bottom of the article are a few names of possible candidates. Last time I wrote such a story, a few of you asked where the names come from, and that's a fair question. There is no public "official'' list, so the names mentioned are largely based on talking with a few people familiar with the situation.

The school is not going to comment on names -- in fact, there figures to be little official comment at all until the process is complete. So names will come mostly, if not entirely, from other sources.

What will be interesting now is to see who else may be interested after the news of yesterday. The general feeling I got was that it was taken as a given that the job was going to Woodward if he wanted it, so there may have been some people who were reluctant to show interest.

As for a timeline, it's generally been stated as sometime around the end of the school year, which would be about another month. But last time it took until about mid-June, and I don't think going a few weeks into summer hurts anything.

As Woodward mentioned Thursday, he'll continue to be hugely involved in the Husky Stadium project once his days as acting AD end, so there doesn't appear to be any need to rush a hire for those reasons. The basic idea is to get someone hired in time for that person to be completely in place by the start of next football season.

Obviously, the first major decision the new AD may have to make is deciding the fate of UW football coach Tyrone Willingham should next season not be a slam-dunk winner. And that obviously puts a little extra importance on all of this.

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