I can’t really believe this clip from Washington athletic director Scott Woodward, during an interview Saturday with Softy Mahler, in which Woodward called the University of Oregon “an embarrassment.”
Here is some of it:
Mahler to Woodward: “What do you make of this place? When you come down here, you see the new baseball field, you see the brand new turf, you see the atmosphere. And don’t know if motivation is the word but obviously this is kind of where Washington wants to be, ranked #1 in the country and have all eyes on them.”
Woodward: “Sure, it’s not really where we want to be Softy, because it’s an embarrassment what their academic institution is, and what’s happened to them as far as their state funding has gone. In my mind it’s a wonderful athletic facility but they’ve watched it at the expense of the university go really down.
“The athletic facility is impressive. The fans at Oregon should get down on their hands and knees at night to Phil Knight and pray to him because this is an incredible facility he’s built.“
You need to go to Sports by Brooks — always a great site — to listen to the entire interview, it’s a classic.
First off, Woodward should be sanctioned by the Pac-10 Conference. You don’t walk into someone else’s facility and rip them like that. This is your conference brethren. You just don’t do it. And second, the man’s jealous. Washington’s athletic facilities are a joke — from its basketball arena to its football stadium to its baseball park. They’re dumps, basically.
And Woodward, by the way, comes off as an idiot.