At least two people speculated about as possible candidates to replace Todd Turner as UW athletic director – Chuck Nelson and Mike Cragg – have confirmed their interest.
University president Mark Emmert hasn't publicly identified potential candidates, but Nelson and Cragg have been included on most short lists of speculative names -- at this stage, extremely speculative names.
Nelson is a color commentator on UW broadcasts, tournament director of the Boeing Classic and former Husky kicker.
"I'm flattered and humbled to be involved in the conversation," Nelson said. "Certainly it's a great institution and I have a great affinity for it. It's an intriguing idea to be involved in a very large job and a very large undertaking. I like what I'm doing, but I think most alumni would certainly be interesting in helping if they could."
Cragg is a 1986 UW grad who is now director of Duke University's Legacy Fund and associate director of athletics for Duke basketball. The Legacy Fund is made up of 30 donors who have made contributions of $1 million or more. He also has overseen the construction of the Krzysewski Center, a $15.2 million facility scheduled to open next month that will serve as an academic support center for all sports and a men and women's basketball training center.
"I'd be honored if I was considered for the position," Cragg said. "It's certainly one of the dream places for me. I'm in one of them right now, but the University of Washington and the athletic director position would be a dream position for me as well."
Neither man has been contacted by the university.
Emmert has named no candidates, given little information on the search process, but has said he hopes to have a selection by spring.