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June 18, 2008 12:17 PM

AD update

Posted by Bob Condotta

It's been more than six months since Todd Turner "resigned'' as Washington's athletic director and the school has yet to hire a permanent replacement.

But UW officials insist there is nothing alarming about the seemingly lengthy process to make a hire.

Scott Woodward, the school's VP for external affairs and the acting athletic director, said today that the school has been actively searching for a new AD for only "90 days or 120 days,'' getting particularly serious when Woodward announced in early May he would not pursue the job full-time.

"They are just being very careful to make sure that they get the right person for the job,'' Woodward said, referring to the search committee and UW president Mark Emmert.

Woodward said "nothing has changed'' in terms of his future, so at the moment, he remains on the sidelines of the search. He did say, however, that he would "never say never'' about the possibility that he could get back in the mix for the AD's job if asked to do so by Emmert.

It was Emmert who told Woodward that he thought he was of more value to the school in the external relations job (where he can help lead the charge to lobby the legislature in Olympia for funding for Husky Stadium) rather than becoming the permanent AD.

Reliable information about the search has been scarce as the school is essentially not commenting about anything, other than to acknowledge that the search continues. The school has formed a 14-person search committee, but most assume that the final decision is essentially that of Emmert's.

Sources, however, indicate that UW had serious conversations, if not flat-out offering the job, to two sitting ADs --- Dan Radakovich of Georgia Tech and Chris Hill of Utah. One source said talks with Radakovich broke down over money --- he apparently just signed a new contract worth more than $600,000 a year and would need more than that to bother with making a move.

Turner had a base salary of $345,000 with other incoming putting him in the $400-500,000 range, and the Huskies aren't likely to go a whole lot higher as Pac-10 schools simply don't pay as much for ADs as do those in most of the other major conferences --- one reason UW may have a tough time hiring a sitting AD at a major school.

As for as Hill, one source said those talks broke down in part because Hill didn't want to get involved in a lengthy search. He was apparently offered the UW job in 2004 and sounds as if he didn't want to get publicly involved again if there was any chance he wasn't going to get the job. He's been at Utah since 1987 and is not necessarily itching to move.

It's also known that UW talked with USC associate AD Steve Lopes, but that he is no longer a candidate.

There has been speculation that UW may have recently interviewed UTEP AD Bob Stull, who was in town on his way to a vacation in Alaska. It's also known that former Husky kicker Chuck Nelson remains a candidate. Considering that each has lengthy ties to the school, it figures that both would leap at the job if offered. Given that fact, it seems likely that each is more of a fallback candidate.

There have been constant rumblings about former Oregon AD Bill Moos, as well. Moos has a well-chronicled clause in his contract with the Ducks that pays him roughly $180,000 a year for 10 years as long as he doesn't take an AD job at another BCS school. Moos has said several times through his lawyer that he has not been contacted by either UW's search committee, or Parker Executive Search, the firm UW hired to assist in the process. Moos himself has not responded to interview requests. (And interesting to note on the Parker web site that it has just added the Notre Dame AD's job to its list of "current opportunities.'' UW reportedly paid $75,000 to Parker).

While he's technically handling two jobs at once, Woodward has been spending a significant amount of his time in in the athletic department, recently attending the national college athletic directors convention, as well as the Pac-10 AD's meeting.

He said the daily work of the athletic department is not being hindered by the fact that there isn't a permanent AD in place, pointing out that the process of setting the budget for the next fiscal year is being completed, games have been scheduled (the recent LSU series) and contracts for coaches negotiated (including a recent extension for women's crew coach Bob Ernst).

"Everything from my standpoint seems to be going fine,'' Woodward said.

That Woodward is in charge, and obviously has the full confidence of Emmert --- the two have worked together since 1999 --- means the UW president may not feel any undue urgency to fill the position. Still, it seems likely something will break soon on this as UW will want an AD in place by the beginning of a football season that looms particularly pivotal to the future of that program.

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Posted by TurbineSeaplane

2:26 PM, Jun 18, 2008


This sure is taking a long time.

Posted by jh

2:36 PM, Jun 18, 2008

....does anyone have that story when Woodward stated that UW was not going to accept "mediocrity" any longer in their athletic programs?...if so where would I find it?...thanks...

Posted by Gabe

2:47 PM, Jun 18, 2008

What are the specific things an AD does that require real skill and experience? Meaning what things other than schmoozing, hob-nobbing, talking to the media, going to conferences, drinking in hotel bars, etc. . I'm sorry, but I'm totally ignorant about this and tend to see these guys as just another kind of overpaid academic bureaucrat. Whoever is picked, he/she must move us closer to the ultimate goal. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks demolished).

Posted by Dawgfan1

3:56 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Bob - This is unrelated, but did anyone ever verify that EJ Savannah broke his arm while arm wrestling? What did the coaches say about this?

Also, any other updates on injuries (besides your recent update on Tolar)? It seems like every year fall camp opens and there are a couple of injuries that nobody knows about. I hope that isn't true this year, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

Posted by caineman

6:14 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Oh I see, Mark Emmert, the Washington President, won't pay for a new a AD, but he is the 3rd highest paid president in the country and makes $750,000 a year. Washington is a joke, Emmert is a joke.

Posted by Fudazz

6:59 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Chuck Nelson for AD. He's a dawg, he's a football guy, he's passionate about husky sports, he's local, he's well respected locally, he's very personable, and very intelligent. They already have the staff in place to do the hands-on work. For fund raising and over-all managing and directing he's perfect.

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:00 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:16 PM, Jun 18, 2008

Posted by BoiseTruth

7:27 PM, Jun 18, 2008

The latest on Jake Heaps. BYU Junior Day - Scout

Posted by dawg4life

6:06 AM, Jun 19, 2008

No offense Boise but it aint gonna happen.

If Ruiz thinks BYU in Husky Stadium facing Jake 2.0 will be a 10 point loss for the Dawgs then where does he see a win? Maybe he doesn't.

I have more faith this year until this version of the Dawgs proves me wrong. An upgrade in offensive coaching, big upgrade in defensive coaching, upgrade in special teams coaching and a second year QB will spell sadness for BYU.

BTW, ESPN does not reflect my view of the face of this program. I would never want it associated with a "leader" who, when times got really tough, quit on his team and walked away. How about the face of this program being all the guys who never ever quit, even in the face of no playing time. That's what bleeding purple and gold is all about.

Posted by 2003 dawg

8:16 AM, Jun 19, 2008


Your last update was yesterday at noon, you've got a fantastic update on recruiting just waiting to post it at a down time.

That time is now, please post!!!!!

Posted by hsky69

8:33 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Hey I'm all for positive vibes and love of my Huskies but don't discount BYU dawg4life. Brigham Young has a very good football team. They are disciplined, athletic and are very well coached. And they believe. I'm going to be in the stands yelling for the Dawgs but man, we're going to have our hands full. These Cougars can flat out play ball.

Posted by Bob Condotta

8:56 AM, Jun 19, 2008

I never said it was fantastic, just that I had one. Look for it later today.

Posted by dawg4life

8:59 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Understood hsky69,

Been following BYU from afar for several decades and know well the type of opponent they represent.

My point is, in any given year the couple best WAC teams would be near the bottom if competing in the PAC 10, my opinion only of course. That said, if Ruiz thinks we should probably lose to BYU by 10 at home in an early non conference game, then he has to be thinking the Dawgs are a near last place finisher in the PAC 10 again this year.

Until I am proven wrong, I would disagree with his assessment. I think we beat BYU at home, close game or not.

Posted by 2003 dawg

9:00 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Consider the description a vote of confidence to your stellar work.

My company hates your blog because I'm always reading it.

Posted by Jordan

9:09 AM, Jun 19, 2008


I think David Stern feels that he will move this team to OKC, Seattle will miss the NBA, and agree to build a brand new state of the art facility for the new team in a few years. The problem is David Stern and the NBA do not understand this area. Just as the columnist from Oklahoma City doesn't understand. She says the city, state, and county governments in OKC get along and work together on issues like this. Well, good for them. Our politicians have come together to save a pro team before (Mariners and the Seahawks). There are quite a few people in the political world in this area that know if you give a third sports team a handout (especially after Key Arena was already remodeled in 1994) when you are at the very time saying you don't have enough money for a viaduct replacement or a new 520 bridge or rapid transit in the middle of a recession with $4.00 a gallon gas there are going to be a lot of pissed off voters. And guess what it's 2008 and those pissed off voters get to vote in November.

This was doomed to fail the second the team was sold to someone without deep roots in the Seattle area. There is no way that Bennett was going to get taxpayer money from the legislature when he was from Oklahoma. He had not no history here and a terrible attitude. His facial expression looks like he is constantly sitting on something sharp. He is not someone who is going to rally the Washington State Legislature into action. They were not going to give a millionaire millions more for all the reasons stated up above.

As for David Stern, his belief that he'll simply give Seattle another franchise in a few years is totally wrong. If he thinks the media in Seattle and the fans are difficult now wait till after they take the team out of here. He doesn't have a prayer in hell of getting funding for a new arena for the NBA in Seattle. The second he leaves, pro basketball in Seattle is dead. This whole situation speaks to how terrible a businessman the NBA' s commissioner really is. He is leaving a large market, 14th most populated city in the country that has supported a franchise for 41 years for a small market unproven (long term) area. And the NBA wonders why they trail behind MLB and the NFL every year in revenue and profitability. I do not know of any other business that would leave 41 years of customers with a potential for a lot more to go to a place that had 1 year of customers and a third of potentials. Whatever money the NBA thinks they are going to get to a fund a new arena will be spent in Olympia before dawn sets on the next NBA season.

Let me pose this question. What do you think has a better chance of passing in the legislature and/or a public vote? A new 500 million dollar arena for the NBA that just pissed off a loyal fan base or 150 million to renovate Husky Stadium from a University that has supported the community for 100+ years, a lot of voters attended (many in the district of Frank Chopp) and oh yeah so did half of the Washington State legislature. Good luck David Stern. And goodbye NBA. OKC you can have em.

Posted by BoiseTruth

9:20 AM, Jun 19, 2008


No offense taken, but I need to make it clear to you that I didn't make the comment, and neither did Don Ruiz. I credit Don Ruiz because I took his work off of his blog. Giving credit is something I always try to remember to do when I take someone else's work. The comment actually comes from bleacher report . com., which is what the link says.

Posted by Gabe

10:05 AM, Jun 19, 2008

B Truth---thanks for the link to the nice article on Jermaine Kearse. Always good to get to know the players better as people. Could there be a comparison to Jerome Pathon here? Kearse seems to be similar in that he has a a head on his shoulders and knows how to handle himself. He's coming in with higher expectations than Pathon, however. Really looking forward to seeing this kid play, along with Middleton. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks demolished)

Posted by jh

10:15 AM, Jun 19, 2008

..."My point is, in any given year the couple best WAC teams would be near the bottom if competing in the PAC 10", if I understand you believe there will be a tie between BYU and UW this year?...

...also...from the previous post...I take it you believe that there's been a cover-up @ Savannah's broken arm?...please advise...

Posted by hsky69

10:43 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Here's to beating BYU dawg4life!! Should be a hell of a game and they have decent fans too so should be fun.

And by the way with the restructuring of the WAC a few years ago BYU is now in the Mountain West. Easy mistake to hold on to.

Posted by Dave

10:46 AM, Jun 19, 2008

1. BYU is no longer in the WAC, they are in the MWC (which is made up mostly of teams from the "old" WAC, pre-expansion era)

2. The statement that "in any given year the couple best WAC teams would be near the bottom if they competed in the Pac-10" is generally true. Look no further than last year, when last-place UW beat Boise State and took Hawaii down to the wire on the road (and really should have won).

Posted by BoiseTruth

11:05 AM, Jun 19, 2008

hsky69, nicely said.

Gabe, you're welcome. It was fun to hear the comments on Kearse. Also looking forward to seeing him play. As far as Sonny is concerned, I wouldn't argue for any player as the best all time. Just too many candidates. I will say this, If I could bring back one player, for one more chance to see them grace the turf at Husky Stadium, without question, it would be Sonny. On D, I'd love to see Rick Redman step onto the field. I mostly know about him after the fact, but I'd really like the chance to see him. After the fact is how most people know Sonny, but he was really special to me.

Posted by Gabe

11:14 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Agree re S Sixkiller. Never saw Redman play either. Of course, it would be fun to see Emtman back out there, and I always kiked watching Hoffman. He doesn't show up on lists of Husky bests, but he was a hell of a player and very entertaining. Now it's on to the future. Kearse plus Middleton plus Izbicki plus Polk could be an altime great combo at receiver.

Posted by BoiseTruth

11:28 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Don Ruiz's initial thoughts on the PAC-10

Gabe, the list of players that I'd like to see again would be huge, so I'll leave it at two for now. But, I know what you mean.

Posted by Gabe

11:47 AM, Jun 19, 2008

Interesting that in Ruiz's assessment only the first three rankings are based on strength and the rest are based on relative degree of problems in returning teams. Does this suggest opportunity for a darkhorse to emerge? Other than at number one. Troy Must Be Destroyed (ducks destroyed)

Posted by BoiseTruth

12:01 PM, Jun 19, 2008

I think Ruiz's top 3 will be consensus picks by the media. It makes sense. After that, he makes it seem pretty wide open. Maybe his best comment - it looks like the league has come back to the Dawgs a little bit. That would be fun. Was a little surprised that he put UCLA as low as he did.

Posted by uw76

3:13 PM, Jun 19, 2008

JH: Following is the link to the Woodward comments on 'medicrity.'

Posted by uw76

3:16 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Type too fast and misspell -- mediocrity. And it is an article by ours truly -- BC

Posted by jh

5:20 PM, Jun 21, 2008

...thank you...

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