Word has it that Michigan has chosen University of Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel as its next athletic director.
According to sources familiar with the process an announcement could be made by the end of the week after the final details are worked out.
With the departure of Manuel, the University needs to implement procedures that will not only provide a smooth transition but also put the Huskies in the best possible position for the future.
If I were sitting in the seat of power now occupied by UConn President Susan Herbst and Chief of Staff Rachel Rubin (the priamary decision makers, with input from a search firm), I would contact former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese to serve as an advisior in the search.
I would put make Rubin the interim athletic director while using
Tranghese, who has the experience and the ability to point UConn in the right direction.
I would then put together a prime list of candidates with these names in the first group: Army athletic director Boo Corrigan, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean T. Frazier, former Big East associate commissioner Nick Caparelli and Kansas associate athletic director Sean Lester. I would also include former Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti on the list.
Another name which popped up on Wednesday as speculation about the next UConn AD started to grow was Oliver Luck, former West Virginia AD (and father of Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck), who is currently working at the NCAA,, ostensibly as the No. 2 man behind NCAA President Mark Emmert. But a role at UConn, dealing with the challenge of guiding UConn through the next several years might intrigue him.
All of the above group have the necessary skills (in varying degrees) to help UConn make the next move, which is clearly a move to a Power 5 conference–with the Big 12 being the leading contender.
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