Tires slashed on Woolard's vehicle
University of South Florida athletic director Doug Woolard was given a courtesy car for the 98-mile drive back to Tampa after his vehicle was vandalized during Friday's game at UCF.
UCF Police Department spokesman Chad Binette confirmed the tires on Woolard's Audi were slashed at some point during the Knights' 23-20 victory against the Bulls. It was parked next to the Wayne Densch Sports Center, which is adjacent to Bright House Networks Stadium, Binette said.
Knights athletic department spokesman Brian Ormiston said Saturday that UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury personally drove Woolard's car back to Tampa on Saturday morning.
"I want to publicly apologize to Doug," Stansbury said in a statement.
"I'm disappointed and embarrassed that this happened at our facility. I'm thankful our friends at Carl Black (Orlando auto dealership) came through with transportation for him to get back home. We always encourage good sportsmanship and responsible behavior and this was neither."
UCF police are investigating. Woolard didn't elaborate on the vandalism immediately after the game, but issued a statement Saturday night.
"Whether this action is random or targeted, I'm hopeful the UCF police locate the person or persons responsible and hold them accountable for their criminal actions to the full extent of the law," Woolard said.
"I would also like to thank the UCF administration and local law enforcement for their courtesy and assistance in the wake of this incident."
At least one Bull, DE Aaron Lynch, expressed his feelings via Twitter early Saturday:
Vandalized our AD's car.... Yall put something in our soap after tha game... UCF... Unbelievable....
Woolard had just returned from the Midwest, where he spent Thanksgiving with his siblings and 86-year-old mother.