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Commentary: UW AD Woodward’s hiring task this time is finishing, not reviving

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Five years ago, as a rookie athletic director, Scott Woodward made a good hire out of a bad situation. He had an opening for a football coach, the most high-profile sports job at Washington, but he came to the negotiating table with a winless team, a decaying stadium and no real track record as an AD.

He might as well have been selling hair products to Michael Jordan.

The rookie Woodward didn’t need beginner’s luck. He required beginner’s pluck. After…

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