Washington athletic director Todd Turner has resigned, effective at the end of January.
University president Mark Emmert said this morning that the move is a mutual decision, "as amicable as these things can be" and that Turner will be paid his remaining contract, which runs through July 2009.
Emmert said the program and Turner were no longer "the right fit." However, he said the move was unrelated to the decision to retain football coach Tyrone Willingham. However, last week, I did ask Turner if he had tied his fate to Willingham's.
In light of events, his answer reads a bit differently today: "I think my fate is tied with everybody I hire – yeah, for sure. Athletic directors, more so now than ever before, are held to a pretty rigorous standard. It used to be quite easy for athletic directors to sit in the chair for 25 years, make lots of hires and lots of decisions and lose every friend they had along the way and still hold on to their positions. I just think that the profession has evolved to a different level of accountability. And that's not all that bad."
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