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SMU Hires UT-Chattanooga's Rick Hart As AD; Kevin Anderson Staying At Maryland
Published July 17, 2012
STAYING PUT: Univ. of Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said that he is “staying with the Terrapins.” Referring to a recent S.F. Chronicle report that he was in line to take the AD job in Palo Alto, Anderson said, “I have not been contacted by anyone at Stanford University.” ESPN.com’s Andy Katz noted Maryland two weeks ago announced that the school “would be cutting seven sports due to a projected revenue shortfall" (ESPN.com, 7/16). Anderson yesterday said, "I spent the majority of the afternoon calling -- talking to my president and to supporters of the athletic department and staff members. I had to put out a lot of fires." In Baltimore, Jeff Barker noted Anderson's contract with Maryland, "which began in 2010, was for five years." However, the contract "gets automatically extended by a year each Sept. 30 unless one of the parties objects. The deal was for $401,015 annually" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 7/16).
BEST CANDIDATE? In South Carolina, Ron Morris wrote the Univ. of South Carolina’s "'search' for a new athletics director was a sham, designed solely to make certain control of the athletics department returned to its rightful place with the university president and board of trustees. Unfortunately, we do not know if Ray Tanner was the best candidate for the athletics director job. We do not know that because USC president Harris Pastides never conducted a search for candidates” (Columbia STATE, 7/15).