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June 4, 2008 8:48 AM

Moos not contacted, Woolard not interested

Posted by Bob Condotta

That's the news today on the UW AD search front as Bill Moos' lawyer continues to say his client has had no contact with the school or the search firm aiding the process, while Doug Woolard of South Florida said he is not interested in coming to UW.

Here's the story on Woolard from the St. Petersburg Times which jibes with what we reported here yesterday that Woolard may have recently agreed to a new deal at USF and was not thought to be interested in moving despite apparently having had some contact with UW. Woolard's comment that he's not interested seems pretty unequivocal, so I think we can scratch him off the list.

May also be time to do that with Moos, even though there continue to be some rumblings of his possible involvement.

Moos' lawyer, Ray Cihak of Corvallis, said again late yesterday that Moos has had no contact with the school or the search firm, Parker Executive Search, which UW paid $75,000 to help in the process (as you can see, Parker's search firm still lists the UW job as open). That's an important distinction as one reason schools hire such search firms is to allow candidates to say they've had no contact with the school and not be lying about it. But Cihak insists Moos has had no contact with anyone. Still, Moos is leaving the comment there, refusing to say he's not a candidate, saying that to comment further would be inappropriate since he hasn't been contacted, which seems to leave the door open just a little.

To recap more of what we think we know about the search:

--- A source close to UTEP's Bob Stull recently told the Times that he "doesn't think Stull is in it, but he should be.'' Another source said that there is a significant faction of UW boosters pushing for Stull, who was an assistant coach for Don James and later worked as an assistant AD at UW in the '90s but that it seemed unlikely he would get the job.

--- Former UW kicker Chuck Nelson, now running the Boeing Classic golf tournament, said a few weeks ago he hopes to be a candidate but would not comment further. A source told the Times, however, that he had apparently been contacted and that like Stull, there is a faction of boosters pushing for Nelson.

--- Two sources earlier told the Times that USC associate AD Steve Lopes was also a candidate.

--- Another name making the rounds is Utah AD Chris Hill, who was offered the job in 2004 but turned it down, with the Huskies then turning to Todd Turner. There is no confirmation on whether Hill has been contacted.

--- One source said that the school contacted Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich, but that those talks may have crumbled over contract issues. Radakovich has publicly said he is not interested in the job.

--- Mike Cragg, an assistant AD at Duke and a UW alum, said earlier in the search he would not pursue the job in an attempt to become the new AD at Duke, instead. Duke, however, hired Notre Dame AD Kevin White last week. But a source said Cragg would not pursue the UW job now and that it was likely too far down the process for him to get involved now.

--- There has never really been an official timetable to make a hire, other than a vague "by the end of the school year.'' That arrives next week, though UW officials have said it could go later than that if necessary. Obviously, they need someone in place by the time football rolls around in August since the first thing a new AD is going to have to do is evaluate the football program. While there is a 14-member search committee in place, reality is that this is ultimately the call of UW president Mark Emmert, so a decision could happen overnight.

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