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June 26, 2008 2:50 PM

A.D. update, more

Posted by Bob Condotta

Though again, not that there's really much to update --- not much that has leaked publicly, anyway.

What we know for sure is that it's almost July and the Huskies are still without a permanent A.D. in place, which has led to a few rumors about what is really going on, the latest being that maybe acting athletic director Scott Woodward will just take it over, after all.

Woodward, however, says that's news to him. "Not as far as I know of,'' he said when I asked him today if there was any truth to that rumor.

Woodward, who became the acting AD on Jan. 31 after Todd Turner resigned under pressure, announced on May 1 that he wouldn't pursue the job full-time.

It's important to remember why he said he wouldn't do so --- that he was mostly acceding to the wishes of president Mark Emmert, who said he thought Woodward was more valuable in his current day job as the school's VP of external relations. In that role, Woodward could still continue to help the athletic department by leading the effort in Olympia to secure funding for a renovation of Husky Stadium (his background is primarily in politics). So it wasn't really Woodward saying he didn't want the job, but that he was being a team player and going along with how he and Emmert felt he could best serve the school.

He has several times since then said that he would "never say never'' to the possibility of re-emerging as a candidate for the AD's job, one reason the rumor that he will eventually be named to that position persists. He said a few weeks ago that if Emmert approached him about it, he'd definitely consider it.

But Woodward insisted today that nothing has changed since his May 1 announcement.

"The president and I have not talked about it,'' he said.

Woodward said he is otherwise "keeping an arm's length'' from the search and isn't involved in the process. The school has formed a 14-person search committee but the choice will ultimately be that of Emmert. The school also paid $75,000 to enlist the services of Parker Executive Search to help out, and the UW job remains listed on the firm's web site under current opportunities.

Sources have also indicated that several candidates have been contacted, with a couple conversations apparently having gotten pretty serious (I detailed all of that in this post here last week).

For what it's worth, Bill Moos continues to have nothing to say about the UW situation. Not that anyone else has had much to say, either, as the school continues to have no official comment on the search other than to acknowledge that it is ongoing.

BRUINS TAKE HIT ON O-LINE --- Also, in case you hadn't heard about this, UCLA announced today that redshirt sophomore OT Sean Sheller will miss the season after having been injured while driving an ATV recently. Sheller was the projected starter at right tackle, a spot he took over when starter Aleksey Lanis left the team in April due to a knee injury. Meaning, UCLA will be down to what a little while ago was its No. 3 RT (possibly freshman Mike Harris).


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