"I am disappointed that I am not the fit that the university feels is necessary," outgoing athletic director Todd Turner said today of his departure from UW.
Although clearly unhappy to be leaving his job about a year and a half before the end of his contract, Turner agreed with president Mark Emmert's statement that the departure is a mutual decision.
He said that he doesn't believe his loyalty to football coach Tyrone Willingham led directly to his departure. However, he seemed to have become disappointed in what he learned during the Willingham discussions about the importance of wins and losses at the exclusion of other parts of the university experience. He wondered if he was naive for believing NCAA football should have values different from the NFL.
That said, he added that he understands the importance of winning and added that the building blocks are in place for that to happen at UW.
Turner said he is proud of a legacy that he believes saw improvement in staff unity, an improvement in the athletic department's perception within other areas of the university, the construction of the Legends Center and improvement in the department's bottom line.
He defended his handling of the stadium project, which he said was run unconventionally due to the pressing problem of Sound Transit stadium timeline.
He said he loves intercollegiate athletics, and hopes his next job will be in the arena he still loves.