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Sources tell Washington athletic director Scott Woodward will be the new AD at Texas A&M.

Woodward, the AD at UW since 2008, worked for current Texas A&M president Michael Young while Young was the president at Washington from July 2011 through April 2015.

Woodward oversaw the recent $280 million renovation of Husky Stadium at UW, and that renovation was done without state money or student fees.

Texas A&M is still paying off a $450 million renovation of Kyle Field (which I'm told ended up closer to $520 million) and is being funded in part by student fees, ticket sales, suite revenue and A&M's SEC TV revenue as well as $25 million from Bryan-College Station.

Prior to his time at Washington, Woodward served as director of external affairs at LSU (2000-04) and Woodward has wanted to get back to the SEC, I'm told.

Also hearing that A&M will hire UCLA's Noel Mazzone, a confidante of Sumlin's from a series of offensive "one-back" clinics they've done together over the years, as offensive coordinator. Mazzone will replace Jake Spavital, who, I'm told, was forced out against Kevin Sumlin's wishes earlier this week.

Mazzone was believed to be the front-runner but then appeared reluctant to leave his four-year stint at UCLA after A&M athletic director Eric Hyman was fired on Tuesday, sources told HD, one day after Hyman gave The Dallas Morning News a vote of confidence for Sumlin.

Sources told HD the search for an OC on Wednesday focused on TCU's Doug Meacham and a proposed salary of more than $1 million annually (as part of a guaranteed three-year deal). But Mazzone ultimately became enticed by the same deal being offered to Meacham and accepted the job.

A&M brass pressured Sumlin to get rid of Spavital as the scapegoat for a scoring offense ranked No. 71 nationally (27.8 points per game) as well as five-star QBs Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen both transferring, sources told HD.

Woodward's hiring could be announced as early as Thursday, I'm told.


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