As another part of UW’s media blitz (though there’s no truth to the rumor that Jake Locker will be a guest tonight on “Last Comic Standing”) Husky AD Scott Woodward was a guest today on 710 ESPN Seattle with Brock Huard and Mike Salk
Here’s a link to the audio.
The guys over there were also helpful enough to provide a transcript (I actually didn’t hear it). So I present it here:
Salk: How are you enjoying the East Coast with Jake [Locker]?
Woodward: I love visiting New York, it’s a great city and Jake’s having a wonderful time and he’s made a wonderful impression on his visits. I’ve got great feedback from the folks at ESPN and he was awesome today at lunch with the print media folks in the city and later on with SI at their office this afternoon so I couldn’t be more pleased with Jake’s performance and he does our university proud.
Salk: What is the goal of this trip to New York City?
Woodward: The “win” is to expose the program and tell the world who we are, cause it’s a good story. It’s the nature of who we are in the Northwest, especially the University of Washington. Were very proud and shy about who we are, we don’t like to brag about ourselves a lot its kind of a Scandinavian culture compounded with an Asian culture and both cultures are very unbragadocious and very subdued and were trying to do the opposite and tell the world who and what we’re about so it can help the institution and help the program.
Huard: Why do you go about it in this way?
Woodward: We have to quit complaining about East Coast bias we have to take it to the East Coast and show and prove to the world that we’re doing something special here in Seattle and we are and it’s a fun story to tell and the East Coast media is very interested in hearing about it.
Huard: What did you learn about Jake Locker during your trip to New York City?
Woodward: It’s a maturation process, it’s something he wasn’t wild about doing but in the end he really enjoyed it. He’s a homebody he likes staying at home and he knows his world probably going to change a year from now when he goes to the NFL and this is a good taste for him to see what its like from a standpoint of a guy whose going to have a high profile going forward.
Salk: What would be a better thing for the University of Washington, Jake Locker winning a Heisman or being the number one overall draft pick?
Woodward: If he wins the Heisman I bet you a bagel that he’s the number one draft pick so it’s a no brainer for me win the Heisman of course and then the rest will take care of itself its one goal in front of the other. In order from him to win the Heisman, no Heisman winner has been under a team with a lot of losses, and he’s going to have a lot of wins if he wins the Heisman, so this is all good stuff for us.
Salk: With the big media market within the Pac-10 compared to the smaller markets in the Big 12, how was the Big 12 able to save themselves?
Woodward: Frankly speaking, the in game for Texas was to get the best deal they could get. They were holding all the cards in this negotiation and they could either hold the conference together or not and they got a better deal out of the Big 12 and so the conference was held together because that’s what Texas decided to do. Long term, I believe there is going to be eventually a merger or another, call it in business terms, a take over or whatever you want to call it. I think the two are going to have to have some semblance of union and what it looks like, I don’t know but I do think it will happen.
Salk: Do you see the merger happening soon or long term, how do you see something like that happening?
Scott: Brock and Mark May and his colleague, Andre Ware, spoke eloquently about it on College Football Live on ESPN yesterday, and I agreed with all of their conclusions. What’s going to be is it’s eventually going to have to come to that because what can’t happen is two super conferences where were currently and that’s the Big -10 and the SEC and I say that in financial terms not in competitive terms. But over the long haul when you have an eight to ten million dollar per institution disparity it compounds and it catches up with you and you cant pay coaches and can’t build facilities to match what they are doing and do things for your student-athletes that match what they are doing and you start to lose talent and that’s my concern. I want to remain competitive and give our student-athletes the best opportunity to compete and to win.
Huard: Is there any momentum in how you are going to divvy up these 12 schools?
Woodward: No it’s real early in that process and we’re going to start it in mid-July having the conversations on what it’s going to look like. You and I have batted around some ideas and I think they’re great ideas and we’re going to have to make sure that it makes sense. You will not see it, I’m convinced, in any other sports in the Pac-10 as far as divisions go. I just think that you’ll have to do it in football if you want to play a championship series. If we don’t want to play a championship series, we don’t have to divide up into divisions.
Huard: is there anything going on with the stadium
Woodward: Yes very much so we are out on the streets with a RFP. And we have another key date in mid July and we are going to select the developer, architect, and construction team to do the stadium. We think we are going to have an enormous amount of participation. The prices are prices are going to drop even lower given the conditions of the economy right now, and the cost of concrete and steel going down, and the competitive labor markets we have. So we are looking for very good ideas with the lower cost of in this project, we are hoping to beginning it sometime in 2011 whither it is after the season or in the spring of 2011 we just don’t know. Because we not know what these RFPs come back and say.
Salk: How is the stadium affected by the expansion of the conference
Woodward: Very little we will keep a 9 game conference schedule and a 3 games out of conference would be my best bet even thought it has not be decided. I think it will have very little to do as far as the stadium goes.