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Washington AD issues clarification re: Oregon

Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 1:34 pm

Scott Woodward issued this statement Monday following calling Oregon an "embarrassment":

“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 effects 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.” 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Washington

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:59 am

Washington AD issues clarification re: Oregon

In other news: UW has announced that Scott Woodward has graduated from the Kevin Garnett School of Apology

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:12 pm

Washington AD issues clarification re: Oregon

Oh...that is much better (insert sound of cars crashing)!  I am guessing that Mr. Woodward wishes he had never commented in the first place on this one, as it simply isn't worth the grief.  But he makes a point that is spot on.  Oregon is failing in it's responsibilities to the two institutions, and passing the burden on to families in the form of increased costs.

Speaking about public funding of higher education, it should be noted that the visionary voters of Multnomah County, which is entirely within the metro Portland area (71%), Lane County which includes Eugene (56%) and Benton County (56%) which includes Corvallis voted overwhelmingly in favor of the re-election of a former two-term Governor, John Kitzhaber.   The decline spoken of by Mr. Woodward began with Gov. Kitzhaber!  In the same order of Counties, Oregon re-elected Dem. Senator Ron Wyden (72%/62%/64%), as well as 4 incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressmen.

It's ironic that somebody from outside of the state can see what most of my fellow Oregonians utterly fail to recognize.  At least Phil Knight is picking up some of the slack.

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