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July 16, 2008 7:53 PM

Notre Dame names AD, UW still waiting

Posted by Bob Condotta

Notre Dame named a new athletic director today, needing only about six weeks to replace Kevin White, who left for Duke.

That led KJR-AM's Mike Gastineau to ask me today why Notre Dame can do it so quickly while UW has been waiting since last December to hire Todd Turner --- you can access that conversation here.

I also addressed it in this blog post last week.

As mentioned in both links, the growing thought around the program is that Scott Woodward will remain in his role as acting AD for a little while longer, if not through the end of the year and beyond.

I asked Woodward that a few days ago and he said it was "news to me.'' But he also said again that he will stay on if asked, and that he expected to have a meeting soon with UW president Mark Emmert at which it was possible the topic of the AD search would be discussed.

One thing to keep in mind is that Woodward's presence as acting AD helps mute a sense of urgency to get someone in place just to get things done. Woodward is as powerful as an acting AD can be and by all accounts has taken charge of the department in that role, scheduling games, extending contracts of coaches, etc. But as I mentioned in the radio interview with Gastineau, I know there are many out there who would like some sense of certainty about the direction of the department, even in the short term.


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July 16, 2008 11:33 AM

Wednesday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

On a day I'd rather be hitting the links (not really complaining, it's just really nice outside) I'm passing some along, instead:

--- ESPN.com's Ted Miller continues his good series ranking the Pac-10 by position with the receivers, and the running backs. In the "bad news for the Huskies'' dept., he ranks UW last in each category.

At Lindy's, we were a little kinder, ranking UW eighth in receivers, ahead of Cal and Stanford, and ninth in running backs, ahead of Oregon State. I know UW fans will argue about the apparent young talent at both spots, but it also remains unproven, making it hard to rank Washington ahead of teams that have more experienced players at those spots.

Miller had the same top four at WR as did Lindy's --- Arizona, Arizona State, USC and Oregon State. There was a little more difference at the top of the RB rankings. Miller has it USC, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal, WSU, Stanford, Arizona, OSU and WSU. Lindy's had it ASU, USC, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Stanford, WSU, UW and Oregon State.

--- Stewart Mandel's mailbag on SI.com contains an interesting last item --- a reader in Kansas pledges, surely tongue-in-check, that he will give $1,000 to UW athletic department if the Huskies beat Notre Dame this year. Mandel responds that may turn this into "the most highly-anticipated matchup of nine-loss teams in college football history.''

--- Brian Dohn, who covers, UCLA for the LA Daily News, casts an optimistic vote for the Huskies in the ballot he has sent in for the annual Pac-10 media poll, placing UW sixth, ahead of UCLA, WSU, Arizona and Stanford. I'll unveil mine here soon. Pac-10 media day is July 24 in Los Angeles when the official poll will be released.

--- Sad news out of Phoenix as former ASU and Cal coach Bruce Snyder has told friends he is battling cancer. Snyder had some memorable battles against the Huskies, including the 1991 game with Cal --- maybe the closest the national title Huskies came to losing; a 1996 45-42 win in Tempe while at ASU, which ultimately sent the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl and UW to the Holiday; and a 42-38 win for UW at ASU in 1998 decided by the legendary last-minute pass from Brock Huard to Reggie Davis.

All for now.

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