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Army's Kevin Anderson to be named Maryland athletic director


Army athletic director Kevin Anderson is expected to be named athletic director at Maryland, three sources with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.

Anderson, who has led the athletic department at West Point since December 2004, will succeed Debbie Yow, who left after nearly 16 years to take the same position at North Carolina State in July.

Maryland's athletic department staff members are scheduled to meet with Anderson at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to an athletic department source. Anderson will lead a 27-sport athletic program that has a $55 million budget.

Anderson was among three finalists considered by a 17-member search committee during a two-month search that intensified once Wallace D. Loh was appointed the next Maryland president in mid-August.

Connecticut Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway, a Maryland native who graduated from the school, was considered the leader until late in the week when discussions about the position broke down. Yow had recommended Hathaway to school officials upon her departure.

Warde Manuel, the athletic director at Buffalo, was also a finalist, two sources said.

Randy Eaton, the athletic department's chief financial officer and the interim athletic director after Yow left, told The Post's Steve Yanda on Saturday that he would prefer to remain at Maryland under the new athletic director. He also said that he neither submitted an application for the athletic director job nor was asked to interview.

Anderson is the first African American athletic director at Army. He had also worked as executive associate athletic director at Oregon State and executive associate athletic director for external affairs at the University of California.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 4, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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Posted by: junkiwonteverread | September 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Army?? I guess everyone else said "no".

Posted by: jj250 | September 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

jj250: you are a moron.

That is all, carry on.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 4, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you probably voted for Obama too.

Posted by: jj250 | September 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Director of Athletics
Kevin Anderson

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | September 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Since you brought up our new athletic director's race, I'm wondering if you are willing to ask the school some tough questions alone these lines.

We know for a fact that at the university of maryland, black applicants are given a massive degree of preference over their white, Hispanic, and Asian counterparts in admissions (there have been studies on this). We know that UMD takes race into heavy consideration in its undergrad admissions, med school, hiring, and faculty promotions. We know that 2 federal courts have struck down racially-reserved scholarships at UMD.

We also know--thanks to some ill-advised comments from Debbie Yow--that our public school took race into consideration (illegally and unconstitutionally) in the promotion of James Franklin to head coach in waiting. From a published report on "Only because Franklin is a 'qualified minority,' according to Yow, did College Park administrators willingly agree to his preemptive promotion. 'It’s part of our fabric,' she said of affirmative hiring, which at Maryland included the ACC’s first black basketball assistant coach and head coach, the first African-American chancellor, and the first and only female AD."

So Prisbell, why don't you ask them a tough question or two at Tuesday's press conference. Be the only reporter with the guts to ask them whether race was yet again a factor in the hiring process of a highly prominent position at the school.

The school's penchant for racial preferences will unfortunately always raise suspicions. I do not know whether race was a factor or not in Anderson's hiring. He may well have been their top choice regardless of race. And that is one of the many, many reasons race should never been taken into consideration: because people will always believe you got your job, promotion, admission etc because of your skin color--regardless of whether it's true or not.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 4, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the best an ACC school BCS can do?!?!? Army's football team have been irrelevant for about 30 years; this doesn't bode well for the resurgence of our program...

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | September 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

As long as he can raise money and hire the right people, he'll do just fine. They had a long list of influential alumni on the search committee, so you have to think they know what they're doing.

Posted by: Toochilled | September 4, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Being ex-Army, this pains me to say but if UMD was determined to get and AD from a military branch, they should have looked at Navy. Or Air Force. Or even the Salvation Army for chrissake.

Posted by: BurgundyNGold | September 4, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

This is pathetic. Except for a recent resurgence in lacrosse, athletics at West Point have been a joke. Nothing against this guy, but I simply can't believe there aren't more qualified candidates available. Maryland is condemned to mediocrity because of giving preferences where none should be given.

Posted by: michaelhunt277 | September 4, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

FYI: Warde Manuel, the other finalist for the job, was also black.

The school might as well have held up a sign "White Males Need Not Apply."

Posted by: Barno1 | September 4, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope Anderson (and new president Loh) won't be as adamant about joining the Big Ten as Debbie Yow was. Obviously, the ball's in the Big Ten's court, but if that conference wants to expand again, making inroads to the east to bolster Penn State's value to the conference, Maryland needs to let it know (albeit clandestinely) that it's interested (likely as a partner with Rutgers).

The financial, academic and athletic benefits of Big Ten membership at the very least must be investigated. It's too important a deal to be brushed aside by the yahoos in College Park obsessed with basketball, Duke and nothing else.

Posted by: VPaterno | September 5, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

The only quote in Sunday's Baltimore Sun article about Mr. Anderson's selection...what does this have to do with the athletic program or his credentials for the job?
"I've always been fortunate to have strong, black male role models in my life, starting with my father, Ralph, and uncles," Anderson told Army News Service after he was hired at West Point in 2004. "My father was a sergeant in the Army and that's how he raised us and instilled education, values and caring."

Posted by: BD-EC | September 5, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

We probably didn't go with the guy from UConn after Yow recommended him because of the pending allegations about the basketball team.

I say we give this guy a shot. He was smart enough to hire Bobby Ross to get their football program turned around.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 5, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

On the surface, this looks like a lame hire. However, testudotimes did a nice write up on Kevin Anderson. Every hire that he is responsible for has been a significant improvement over the previous person.

The key is that MD insists on keeping 27 sports (an absurd amount unless you are Stanford), which tranlates into smaller slices of the athletic dept. pie for all involved. I think Kevin Anderson has shown an ability to be very efficient with the resources that he has...this is a key quality for an AD at MD. GW seems to like him. GW mentioned Kevin Anderson's ability to get the the entire Athletic Dept. to work as a team. This was definitely not the case under Yow. I think this hire is an improvement over Yow. How much remains to be seen.

Also, Kevin Anderson ran a squeaky clean program...another obsession of MD athletics. Given these unique circumstances, this hire makes sense. Hathaway (Uconn) and Castiglione (Oklahoma) have shown their abilities, but they also have scandal baggage, which I think was a deal breaker for both.

Barno, we have an Asian President hiring an Afican-American AD. I just don't see an Asian President obsessing over the ethnic background of such an important hire.

Posted by: larry31 | September 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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