Huskies AD Quitting

Washington athletic director Todd Turner announced today that he's resigning effective January 31st. It comes nearly four years after he was hired to straighten out a department thrown into disarray by scandals.

Turner is in the middle of a five-year contract.

University president Mark Emmert says Scott Woodward, Washington's vice president for external affairs, will become acting athletic director when Turner leaves.

Turner has been having problems raising money to renovate 87-year-old Husky Stadium. He has said it will take hundreds of millions of dollars to update the Pac-10's oldest facility.

Emmert hired Turner away from Vanderbilt in 2004, when Washington was dealing with an NCAA investigation of football coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired after it was revealed he bet in college basketball tournament pools. There also was a federal investigation looking into the actions of a former softball team physician.


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