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UW Athletic Director Todd Turner Resigns a Year Early

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SEATTLE, Wash - Outgoing University of Washington athletic director Todd Turner says he thinks the furor for months over whether to retain Tyrone Willingham as the Huskies' head football coach had a lot to do with his surprise resignation.


The 56-year-old Turner says he believes the lack of football wins in his 3 ½-year tenure in Seattle began to trumph all else he was accomplishing. He says he it is sending the wrong message although that it not to say that winning is not important.

In Willingham's third season of a five-year contract, the Huskies had a 4-9 record, giving him an 11-25 mark at Washington. Turner's resignation came six days after university president Dr. Mark Emmert retained Willingham for the 2008 season. Emmert says Turner's decision to resign was a mutual decision. He says Turner leaving had nothing to do with Willingham staying.

Turner is in the middle of a five-year contract worth $325,000 in base salary, with incentives that made the package potentially worth up to $420,000 annually. He has also received a low-interest, $475,000 home loan from the university. Emmert says the university will honor all terms of the deal through its completion.

Turner's resignation announced today is effective on Jan. 31. The Seattle Times says the list of potential candidates to replace Turner are: former Oregon athletic director Bill Moos, UW assistant athletic director Scott Barnes, Texas-El Paso athletic director Bob Stull, Duke associate athletic director Mike Cragg, Utah athletic director Chris Hill and Jim Phillips, associate vice president/director of athletics at Northern Illinois.