Scott Woodward, during his introduction at Texas A&M, says, "What makes a university great are its people, the 12th Man, the real 12th Man — not the one ripped off in Seattle." In a follow-up phone call to The Seattle Times, Woodward said he wanted to clarify that his comments were made "in jest," and...

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In the process of endearing himself to his new fan base at Texas A&M, Scott Woodward might have irked a few old friends in Seattle.

Woodward, Washington’s athletic director since 2008, was introduced as the new AD in College Station, Texas, on Monday and included a little shot at the Seattle Seahawks during his news conference.

“What makes a university great are its people, the 12th Man, the real 12th Man — not the one ripped off in Seattle,” Woodward said.

Use of “12th Man” has been decade-long saga between Texas A&M and the Seahawks.

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In 1990, Texas A&M trademarked the “12th Man” for its fan base. In 2006, Texas A&M sued the Seahawks over use of the phrase. An agreement was reached, in which the Seahawks rent the term for $5,000 a year for limited use.

In 2014, the Seahawks were granted a trademark for the “12” flag.

UPDATE: In a follow-up phone call to The Seattle Times, Woodward said he wanted to clarify that his comments were made “in jest,” and he has the “utmost respect” for the Seahawks.”