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Top 11: Candidates For University of Washington President

The University of Washington lost its president on Tuesday when Mark Emmert opted to take on the same role with the NCAA. Somehow, I can’t blame him.

Despite a limited background in college sports, Emmert was a visible figure in the athletic departments at each of his last two schools, Washington and Louisiana State. As chancellor at LSU, Emmert was largely credited with helping build the foundation that brought the school two BCS National Football Championships. At Washington, he replaced embattled athletic director Todd Turner with current AD Scott Woodward, and also played a significant role in the hiring of football coach Steve Sarkisian.

With Emmert moving on to Indianapolis to hold court over the world of collegiate athletics, the UW will undoubtedly begin a search for the next president at Washington. While we will likely not be solicited for advice during the hiring process, we’d humbly like to suggest 11 viable candidates who could capably step into the role of Top Dawg and fill Emmert’s shoes.

11. Beverly Cleary

She’s the author of those Ramona chapter books you read as a kid.

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