Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
May 14, 2008 3:40 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, those waiting for any official word from the UW on progress toward hiring a new athletic director will be waiting a long time.
As in, until the day one is hired.
Unlike has happened with previous searches at UW, the head of the search committee, Betsy Wilson, said she does not wish to comment publicly until the process is complete. And UW officials say they have no plans to discuss details of the search, such as ruling in or out rumored candidates, something that does sometimes happen at other schools --- WSU in the mid-90s brought the finalists in for public interviews with students, faculty and anyone who wanted to go.
Norm Arkans, a spokesman for the school, is apparently the only one who will make any public comment during the process.
Arkans said work is ongoing and the committee is meeting regularly. UW has also hired a search firm, Parker Executive Search, to help out. You'll notice the UW job remains at the top of the firm's listings for jobs in college athletics.
As for candidates, Bob Stull, now at UTEP and a former UW assistant football coach and assistant AD, remains the favorite of some of Husky old-guard faction. Former UW coach Don James gave Stull his endorsement during an interview on KJR-AM last week.
Dan Radakovich of Georgia Tech is a name that's been making the rounds and he makes some sense due to ties with UW president Mark Emmert. But he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that he has not been contacted and is not interested in the job.
Other names that have been rumored who apparently are not in the mix are former Oregon AD Bill Moos and Duke associate AD Mike Cragg. Through his lawyer, Moos said this week he has not been contacted by UW or the search firm. Cragg, who is a UW graduate and a native of Yakima, said a few weeks ago that he will not apply, instead focusing on getting the vacant AD's job at Duke.
In this story a few weeks ago, I also listed a couple of other possible candidates, including former UW kicker Chuck Nelson. Since UW is using Parker, it's likely that candidates it has recommended for other jobs could also be recommended for this one should their be interest on both sides.
As for when a hire will be made, Emmert has said previously that he hoped it could happen by the end of the school year. But Arkans said there is no set timeline.
"That's a laudable goal, but that's not a deadline,'' he said. "The most important thing is to find the right person no matter how long it takes.''
May 14, 2008 11:11 AM
Posted by Bob Condotta
A few links to pass along while watching the Mariners and realizing that while Tyrone Willingham may be No. 1 on the Coaches Hot Seat list, he's no higher than No. 2 these days in the city of Seattle rankings behind the rising-with-a-bullet John McLaren.
--- Here's the Jake Locker story from Rivals.com that a few of you have already linked in the comments section. The comment from Scott Locker jibes with what he told me the day after the incident happened --- that he thought there was a chance Jake would play the next week. You may recall he sat out a win against Cal but then returned to play the final two games against WSU and Hawaii.
--- The Sacramento Bee Raiders' blog breaks down the chances of Marcel Reece to make the team. Reece signed with the Raiders yesterday after having impressed during a tryout over the weekend.
--- Here's a story on Greyson Gunheim's first weekend with the Raiders.
--- Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News says Isaiah Stanback could have a hard time making the Cowboys' roster next season (it's in an answer about two-thirds of the way down).
--- Athlon's is revealing another member of its pre-season Top 25 every day until it gets to No. 1 in early June when its magazine is officially released. The only UW opponent so far is Oregon at No. 19.
All for now.