In a radio interview on Saturday, Washington AD Scott Woodward said this about Oregon when asked about the school's impressive athletic facilities, "It's an embarrassment what their academic institution is."
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.