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UNLV AD Livengood Announces Retirement; Strained Relationship With President To Blame?
Published May 9, 2013
SOMETHING AMISS? The REVIEW-JOURNAL's Ed Graney writes of Livengood, "This is not how you would think arguably the finest AD in a program's history would go out." A definite "line of disagreement exists between one side of campus and the other, differing philosophies on how best to grow UNLV athletics." No AD in the country is "forced to deal with the sort of contentious relationship for control that exists at UNLV between athletics and the Thomas & Mack." The relationship between president and AD "has been strained for some time." This is "what happens when presidents become too involved in sports" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/9). In Las Vegas, Ray Brewer writes under the header, "Jim Livengood's 'Retirement' Doesn't Feel Right." Livengood yesterday "repeatedly denied notions of friction" between he and Smatresk. Livengood added that he "wasn't being forced out and retiring now seemed like the right time." But Brewer writes, "If that's what you want to believe." Livengood has been a "great ambassador for the university and always finds something positive to say in the face of adversity." Even yesterday he "raved about his time at UNLV, refusing to take the bait of some questions to talk negatively about the school" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 5/9).