Scott Woodward, who is leaving the University of Washington to become athletic director at Texas A&M, snuck in a jab at Seattle Seahawks fans on Monday during his introductory press conference in College Station.
Texas A&M owns the trademark for the phrase “12th Man,” and has been licensing its use to the Seattle Seahawks since it settled a lawsuit against the franchise in 2006 (that deal, which paid Texas A&M a sum of $100,000 plus $5,000 annually, is actually set to expire this year, though the Seahawks have shifted to using the term “12s” instead).
Woodward acknowledged the semi-dispute during his introduction.
Guess his political background taught him a thing or two about how to pander to your audience.
More highlights from Woodward’s introductory press conference can be found here.
Other UW football links and notes ...
--- Former star quarterback and UW assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo is leaving USC to become the new quarterbacks coach at UCLA. Tuiasosopo coached tight ends at USC the past two seasons after coaching quarterbacks at UW in 2013 and serving as interim head coach for the Huskies’ bowl game that year.
--- The Football Writers Association of America named UW tailback Myles Gaskin to its Freshman All-America team.
--- The Wall Street Journal ranks UW as the most valuable college football program in the Pac-12, and the 15th-most valuable in the country.
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