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Scott Woodward leaves Washington to be Texas A&M AD

University of Washington athletic director Scott Woodward has accepted the same position at Texas A&M.

Texas A&M announced the hiring Friday, and Woodward will be formally introduced next week.

Hired at Washington by Mark Emmert, who is now NCAA president, Woodward is leaving a post he has occupied since January 2008.

Woodward, who is a Louisiana native and LSU graduate, will return to his roots in the SEC. Texas A&M joined the conference for the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.

Texas A&M's AD job came open when the school announced Tuesday that Eric Hyman was stepping down. The school said university president Michael K. Young, who previously worked with Woodward while president at Washington, would be directly involved in the hiring of a new athletic director.

Among the highlights of Woodward's eight-year tenure are the hirings of football coaches Steve Sarkisian and then Chris Petersen when Sarkisian took the USC job in December 2013. Woodward oversaw a $282 million renovation of Husky Stadium that was completed in 2013.

Woodward has a noted passion for football and relished the chance to contribute to decisions with the Huskies program under Sarkisian, according to the Times report.

Two internal candidates to replace Woodward at Washington are senior athletic directors Jennifer Cohen and Stephanie Rempe, The Seattle Times reports.

ESPN.com's Sam Khan Jr. contributed to this report.