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September 17, 2008 12:12 PM

Woodward hiring official

Posted by Bob Condotta

The press conference naming Scott Woodward as UW's new athletic director has concluded.

Here are some highlights:

--- Contractual details are not finalized but UW president Mark Emmert said Woodward is likely to get a five-year deal similar to that of former AD Todd Turner.

--- Emmert disputed the notion that this was a job no one wanted, saying the search was "much more thorough than was generally recognized'' and that he sent forward to the search committee "about a half-dozen'' names. Ultimately, he said, Woodward was simply the best choice. "At the end I concluded that the person best situation for the job is the one who had it right now.''

--- The future of the football program was obviously a prime focus of questions. As should be expected, the general answers of both Emmert and Woodward was that the program will be evaluated after the season and that for now, they are showing support of the current coaches and players. Said Woodward: "No, I'm not happy. Nor is coach (Tyrone) Willingham. Nor are the players. No one's happy.'' But Woodward said he goes to practice every day, is in the locker room every day, and thinks everyone is working hard and trying to do what they can to turn things around. "This is early in the season and it would be premature to talk about anything but supporting the program,'' Woodward said. Asked further about the program, Woodward said it is "still to be evaluated. Now is not the right time in my opinion.''

--- Woodward, in a session with some reporters after his official press conference, agreed that the two likely scenarios after the season are either making a change, or giving Willingham, an extension. Simply giving him a fifth year, he said, would be unlikely.

--- Woodward had said in May he would not be a candidate for the job, but again, that was mostly because Emmert at the time thought he would be more valuable in his upper campus role as VP for external relations. Woodward said the longer he stayed in the acting AD job that he decided "I wanted to do this. I really wanted to.'' Emmert said a key was that he was able to find an interim to handle the external relations job, Randy Hodgins, who will take over Woodward's role.

--- Woodward had been operating out of both an office on upper campus and the AD's office, but will now relocate full-time to the Graves Building.

--- Woodward said in general that be believes in an A-B-C method of football scheduling, meaning one A opponent, or an upper-tier BCS school; a B opponent, a lower-tier BCS school; and a C opponent, a non-BCS foe. However, he pointed out that the schedules are pretty much already completed through 2014 so he won't be able to make much of an impact on those. The one major move he has made was adding LSU next season. However, on the face of it, that schedule kind of fits that formula, with games against LSU and Idaho at home, and BYU on the road.

--- Here's the official release from UW.

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