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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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