Maryland AD Anderson Taking Six-Month Sabbatical; Reason For Decision Not Clear
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson is "taking a six-month 'professional development sabbatical' while remaining on the job," according to Don Markus of the Baltimore SUN. Whether Anderson will "return after his sabbatical is unclear." Upon taking the job in '10, he signed a five-year deal that included an "evergreen clause that rolled over each year through the end of the contract." If the school parts ways with Anderson, he "would not be owed a buyout." UM Athletics Exec Dir, CFO & COO Damon Evans, who has been with the school since '14, "will assume Anderson’s day-to-day duties." The announcement "quieted two days of speculation regarding Anderson’s job status." On Saturday, several media outlets reported that Anderson "had been fired." The university then "sent out a tweet" saying Anderson was still AD. Sources said that Anderson has "not been seen in his office since the end of September, and had not attended any of the team’s football games," including Saturday's home game against Northwestern. It "isn’t clear what led Anderson to his decision," or whether UM President Wallace Loh had "any hand in forcing it." There have been "reports of friction between the two as a result of Anderson’s name surfacing" for an AD vacancy this fall at Cal (Baltimore SUN, 10/17). In DC, Roman Stubbs writes that apparent friction "came just after Anderson and Loh in August had acknowledged the completion of the first phase of the new Cole Field House, which is currently being renovated into an indoor football facility and center for sports medicine." It does "not appear that Anderson is dealing with personal matters" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/17).