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Frohnmayer Names AD “Search Team”

UO President Dave Frohnmayer announced the formation of a “search team” to assist in the hiring of a successor to departing athletic director Bill Moos. UO Vice President Allan Price will head the eight-member team, which will be responsible for interviewing potential candidates for the job. However, the final decision will rest upon Frohnmayer. The Frohn has also stated that Mike Bellotti will not be considered for the job, even on an interim basis, so long as he remains the Ducks’ football coach.

From the R-G article:

When Moos was hired in 1995, Oregon publicly identified four finalists and brought them to campus for meetings with UO faculty, staff and donors. At least for now, Frohnmayer has chosen a more streamlined and confidential process.

“Time is really very important here,” Frohnmayer said. “I’d like to see the position filled as rapidly as possible. The search process … will enable me to make that selection in maybe a much more expeditious way than some appointments at the university do.”

Frohnmayer said he’s looking for an athletic director who can take the athletic department to another level while addressing some immediate concerns, including the “high priority” of building a new basketball arena to replace McArthur Court; stabilizing the department’s financial situation; shoring up relationships with donors; and improving the academic success of athletes.

Frohnmayer said he hasn’t ruled out hiring an interim AD.

“If I have what I think is a good interim solution that addresses those issues, that’s something that I could entertain as a way to go forward,” he said.

Frohnmayer hopes that the University will find Moos’ replacement by April 1.

  1. Meghann says:

    The AP botched its take on this story. Their version says Frohny and Bellotti agreed he wouldn’t be the AD even on an interim basis but omits the fact that that’s only if Bellotti stays as coach. From my reading of the original story, Bellotti could very well be the new AD if he ditches the football coaching job.

    Wonder how many newspapers are going to run that tomorrow….

  2. Timothy says:

    How hard can it be to find a guy who’ll take a few million a year to piss off the local media while having crappy seasons in most of the major sports?

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