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April 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Emmert leaving UW to head up NCAA

Sources have told The Seattle Times today that University of Washington president Mark Emmert is leaving the school to head up the NCAA.
Here’s the story. The story now includes the full statement from Emmert to UW faculty.
This could have some major ramifications on the athletic department at UW as Emmert was a big supporter of sports, and also was a close friend of UW AD Scott Woodward, who came to the school along with Emmert in 2004.
I’ll pass along more on this as it develops.
UPDATE — An official announcement has already been made. Here is the press release from the NCAA.
Emmert will replace Myles Brand, who died of cancer last fall.
As UW president, one of Emmert’s big tasks going forward would have been overseeing the renovation of Husky Stadium. The future of that project remains unsettled with the school unable to get any public funding as of yet. A Husky Stadium Advisory Committee was scheduled to meet this week to begin forming a plan for moving forward.
The most dicey part of that plan is figuring out how to secure the funding of roughly $250 million needed for the renovation.
Here’s a USA Today story with some good detail on other candidates.
Emmert was intimately involved in the hiring of Steve Sarkisian as UW’s football coach in Dec. of 2008, as well, and Sarkisian at the time noted the support that Emmert had for the football program as a reason why he was interested in the job.
Times columnist Jerry Brewer last year talked to Emmert about the hiring of Sarkisian, a time when Emmert also took blame for the hire of Tyrone Willingham.

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