No one knows who UW president Mark Emmert is going to hire -- or even talk to -- to replace athletic director Todd Turner.
But that doesn't stop speculation. And the early speculation tends to involve A.) Folks already at UW who might be ready to step up; B.) Athletic directors or associate athletic directors with UW ties currently working elsewhere; C.) Folks who were seriously considered in 2004; D.) Anyone with success in fund-raising and especially in getting a stadium renovated or constructed; and E.) Anyone who might have once shared a bowl of gumbo with Emmert at LSU.
Because 10 is a nice round number, here are 10 names and the reasons they are sure to be mentioned:
Scott Barnes, UW senior associate athletic director for advancement
On the job since 2005, his area of emphasis is fund-raising.
Mike Cragg, Duke associate athletic director
UW '86 graduate with reputation as a master fund-raiser.
Chris Hill, Utah athletic director
Experienced and was a finalist when Turner was selected.
Greg Lewis, Big "W" Club director and special assistant to the AD
A name for the future, but likely too inexperienced this time around.
Joel Maturi, Minnesota athletic director
Balanced the athletic budget and got a stadium built on campus.
Bill Moos, former Oregon athletic director
Guided UO building boom, but has no-compete deal with Ducks.
Chuck Nelson, broadcaster, Boeing Classic tournament director
Former player with solid ties to UW and business community.
Jim Phillips, Northern Illinois athletic director
Experienced, affordable and a finalist when Turner was hired.
Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech athletic director
Rising star at LSU when UW president Mark Emmert was there.
Bob Stull, UTEP athletic director
UW ties coaching under Don James and has AD experience.