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...
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.”