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Yow's replacement as Maryland AD dependent on how quickly a new school president can be named

Maryland officials confirmed Friday that Debbie Yow has left to become the athletic director at North Carolina State. Yow will be introduced in Raleigh, N.C., at 2 p.m., and she will speak with reporters from the Washington-Baltimore region in a teleconference at 4 p.m.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation said Friday morning that University of Maryland President C.D. Mote will announce an interim replacement for Yow sometime early next week. As for when a permanent replacement for Yow will be named, that decision likely won't come for at least another couple months.

Mote will retire Aug. 31 and a permanent replacement for him has not yet been named. Multiple sources with knowledge of the presidential search process said Friday that a decision on Mote's replacement likely will be made sometime between the middle of August and the end of September.

The search committee charged with vetting potential replacements for Mote currently is in the process of narrowing its list down to 16 candidates, sources said. From July 13-15, committee members will meet with those 16 candidates at either Baltimore-Washington International airport or Dulles International airport to conduct interviews that will last roughly two hours each, according to sources.

Once those interviews are completed, the committee will trim the list down to three to five finalists and present those finalists to the Board of Regents and Chancellor William E. Kirwan. One source with knowledge of the process said it is unlikely Maryland's athletic director vacancy will expedite the presidential search process.

Sources said the new school president likely would be the one to hire the new athletic director, which means the process to determine Yow's replacement won't gather serious momentum for a least a few months.

By Steve Yanda  |  June 25, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Football , Men's basketball  
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Comments

I am hoping that my good friend and former Maryland basketball teammate, UConn AD Jeff Hathaway is the next Maryland Athletic Director.

Posted by: skassel | June 25, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hathaway would be a good choice, as would Oklahoma AD and Maryland grad Joe Castiglione. I am certain that the new permanent AD will have had experience running a Division I program, preferably at the BCS level. (Yow came from Saint Louis University, a Division I school with no football team.)

It says something about the importance of athletics at College Park that I learned more here about the search for a new university president than anywhere else in the media. And given that Kirwan -- a former Ohio State president -- is helping find a new College Park president, I fully expect that the successors to both Mote and Yow will be (privately) in favor of Maryland moving to the Big Ten (which, as I've stated before, would provide many benefits to the university in athletics, academics, research and finances).

Posted by: VPaterno | June 25, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Anybody but Kathy Worthington!

Posted by: mabkhar | June 25, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Moving to the Big 10 would be a fine idea and would not pose any impediment to a new AD although I do not know if the Big 10 is actively looking at Maryland.

Posted by: common-sense-voter | June 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

@mabkhar - i'd like to hear your reasoning. from what i can tell she is incredibly professional and competent, and very dedicated to maryland athletics.

Posted by: ltwfu | June 28, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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