Washington AD Scott Woodward blasted the University of Oregon during the Washington radio pre-game show.
Woodward said, “It’s not really where we want to be … because it’s an embarrassment what their (Oregon) 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 watch how far they’ve [Oregon] dropped because of their state funding. And it’s a message for us too. Our state needs to get its act together because we can’t continue to progress without investment in our institution. But we’re doing extremely well and we’re very proud of that fact.”
Washington lost 53-16 to the Ducks. The Huskies are 3-6 on the season and host UCLA this Saturday. UW is on the road the final two weeks of the season… at Cal and at Washington State.
UPDATE: Woodward clarified his remarks late this morning by writing, "I have a great respect for the Universityof Oregon both as an institution and an athletic program. As a life-longadvocate for public funding in higher education, I have seen firsthand the effectsof public funding on many institutions, including the University of Washington.My remarks were intended as a commentary on the powerful impact that a statecan have on an institution’s academic standing. The University of Oregonis a great example of the struggles which can accompany a university when statefunding decreases, but UO is certainly not the only institution suffering.”