Texas A&M has hired Washington athletic director Scott Woodward to fill the same role recently vacated by Eric Hyman, according to an official statement from the university.
“I am thrilled that Scott will lead the Texas A&M athletic department at an important time in the history of our school, as we continue to showcase our successes as one of the nation’s premier athletic programs,” university president Michael Young said. “I have great respect and admiration for his understanding of higher education and the role that athletics plays in an institution and community and the vital role it can play in preparing student athletes for success. His ability to work across multiple constituencies in a collaborative and thoughtful manner will certainly be an asset in this position. I am confident that under Scott’s leadership, working closely with our tremendous coaches and staff, that Texas A&M will continue to be among the most successful athletic programs in the nation.”
Woodward, an LSU graduate and Louisiana native, served at LSU’s internal affairs director from 2000-2004 and had been Washington’s AD since 2008. During his tenure in Seattle, he helped oversee a $282 million renovation of Husky Stadium and was instrumental in the hirings of Steve Sarkisian and later Chris Petersen, essentially turning around the football program. Washington’s men’s basketball team also made the Sweet Sixteen and won two Pac-12 tournaments during Woodward’s time at the university.
And now Woodward returns to his SEC roots to, hopefully, help jump-start a football team that has entered seasons with potential under coach Kevin Sumlin, but always tends to stumble once SEC play begins. The Aggies have gone 36-16 (17-15 SEC) in four years under Sumlin and have a 3-1 bowl record, but have struggled to make a smooth transition out of the Johnny Manziel era and lost two highly touted quarterbacks to transfer at the end of the season and need something of a reset. Thankfully, Woodward appears prepared.
“It is an honor to join the Aggie Family and I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that President Young has afforded me,” Woodward said. “Texas A&M is an outstanding university and athletic program competing in what is arguably the best conference in college sports. I can promise the Aggie faithful that we will compete for championships across the board and we will do so with integrity, class and a commitment to our student-athletes. I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”
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