Here are a few of the most interesting things I heard from UW president Mark Emmert as he named Scott Woodward athletic director:
On the selection
For me, when all was said and done, this was actually a very easy choice. There were many people that would like to have this job. There is no question that we have our challenges in facilities and a variety of other areas, but the fact remains that this is one of the great programs in the country and I know Scott is excited to take it on.
On the football program
Obviously we don't have as many wins in the football program as anybody would like, but the fact remains that the University of Washington, when you look at athletic programs around the country, is a spectacular program and a great opportunity for anyone. I didn't talk to anybody who was scared by all of that. I know that that's been some of the chatter in the media, but frankly that doesn't make any sense. We've got a great solid budget, we've got a fabulous tradition in all of our sports, we got, while we have facilities that need work, they're not unimaginable problems to get fixed. This is a great opportunity. So I didn't hear from anyone that, 'No, I don't want to go to the University of Washington.' So I think that can be easily dismissed, though there will always be people speculating on that.
On how he and Woodward will agree on the biggest athletics department decisions:
Just like I do with all the other administrators in my cabinet when there are decisions that need to be made that are large policy decisions that have some significant impact on the future of a program or a major personnel change, then I would expect, and I know from years of working with Scott, I would be involved in that decision, just as I do with my other people. Day to day affairs, running the operation and the tactical rather than the strategic issues, that's entirely up to Scott. This is his department, not mine.
On how he and Woodward met: I came across the name in my first months at LSU. I got down there and much to my amazement found they didn't have a state relations guy. So I started asking legislators and political leaders who they would suggest, and both Republicans and Democrats, Senators and representatives and everybody I asked said, 'The guy you want is Scott Woodward.' Because he had this great reputation for fairness and openness and a great love of the university. I talked to several other people, but when I interviewed Scott I realized that he was the guy, and I hired him. I hired him first to work in state relations and then expanded his portfolio over the four and a half years we were together there. And then when I came up here I brought him with me to work on those same kinds of issues.