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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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