In the two posts below, you can read (and read and read) much of what UW president Mark Emmert and new UW athletic director Scott Woodward said Wednesday as the immediate fate of Huskies athletic was passed to Woodward.
For those wanting more of a skimmers' version, here are five things that stuck with me after a day of hearing it all and writing on quite a bit of it.
1.) Emmert and Woodward have seen big-time college football up close and personal in the heart of the Southeastern Conference -- LSU, not Vanderbilt. Unless events prove otherwise, the default assumption should probably be that they know what they're doing.
2.) I believe them when they say they do not yet know what will happen with this coaching staff at the end of the season. It seems that they would very much like Willingham to succeed; but absent success, they seem ready to make a move.
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3.) Something will happen in December. Willingham will get a new contract, or Woodward will get a new coach; but it seems unlikely Woodward will send Willingham into the fifth-year of a five-year contract as a potential lame duck.
4.) The days of the 2007 and 2008 schedules will slowly phase out. The next few schedules are mostly set, but eventually teams like Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Nebraska will be the exceptions in out-of-conference schedules that will also include Indianas and Idahos.
5.) They seem to believe the Husky Stadium renovation will get done. And Woodward's background in the big leagues of Louisiana politics shouldn't be underestimated.