Washington AD clarifies Oregon comments
It is fair to say that comment -- and others -- went over badly.
Woodward released a statement Monday clarifying his comments. Here it is, courtesy of The Oregonian.
I apologize if my comments were found as critical or insulting to fans and alumni of the University of Oregon, and I hope to offer some clarity about my true feelings on the situation. I have a great respect for the University of Oregon both as an institution and an athletic program. As a life-long advocate for public funding in higher education, I have seen firsthand the effect of public funding on many institutions, including the University of Washington. My remarks were intended as a commentary on the powerful impact that a state can have on an institution’s academic standing. The University of Oregon is a great example of the struggles which can accompany a university when state funding decreases, but UO is certainly not the only institution suffering.
That doesn't sound like a complete backtrack to me.
My guess is some of you have thoughts on this, so I will move out the the way and let you get to it.