Athletic Director Search Begins

The search for Tim Pernetti's replacement as Rutgers athletic director is underway. President Robert Barchi announced the formation of a search committee today and the placement of dean Carl Kirschner as interim athletic director. has more on the search and some names to watch in the coming weeks.

Rutgers must move forward with Tim Pernetti now out of office as athletic director and dean Carl Kirschner holding a place in an interim role. In his Friday afternoon zoo of a press conference, Rutgers president said he expects the athletic director search to go for approximately one month.

"I thank Carl for stepping up to take interim leadership of intercollegiate athletics," said Barchi in a statement. "His many years of service to the university community and to our student athletes give me every confidence in his ability to oversee the Rutgers athletics program until we find a new athletic director."

Rutgers also announced the formal creation of a search committee for athletic director, co-chaired by Kate Sweeney and Richard L. Edwards.

Sweeney is a Rutgers graduate and senior vice president and certified financial planner with Morgan Stanley. Edwards serves as Rutgers executive vice president for academic affairds.

"As we seek to move the university and Rutgers athletics forward, it is imperative that we move expeditiously to fill this important post," Barchi said. "I'm pleased that Kate Sweeney and Dick Edwards have agreed to head the panel, and I am certain they and the other members of the search committee will work diligently to identify the most stellar candidates for consideration."

Turning over a new week after one the Rutgers community wants to forget, brings a first edition of the athletic director hot board.

Sean Frazier

Occupation -- Wisconsin, deputy athletic director

Background -- Frazier has been with the Badgers, and the Big Ten, since 2007. Working closely with athletic director and legendary coach Barry Alvarez, Frazier has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a Big Ten athletics department and a relationship with commissioner Jim Delaney. Frazier's Wisconsin duties include liaison to the primary booster and fundraising organizations and head of day-to-day operations within the athletic department. Frazier is a Long Island, N.Y., native and former Alabama football player.

Chris Hill

Occupation -- Utah, athletic director and special assistant to the president

Background -- Hill has been a Utah mainstay since joining the administration as athletic director 26 years ago. Hill is best known for his ability to bring Utah into the Pac-12 and identifying Urban Meyer as a head football coach. Hill is a former Rutgers basketball team captain and New Jersey native.

Greg Ianni

Occupation Michigan State, deputy athletic director

Background Another interesting candidate because of strong Big Ten ties, Ianni has been a Spartan for 20 years.

Kevin MacConnell

Occupation -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, director of football operations

Background -- MacConnell is a long-time member of the Rutgers athletics administration team before leaving with Greg Schiano last year. MacConnell spent 26 years at Rutgers in multiple roles and is well-known in booster and alumni groups. He has no Big Ten experience, but has stronger relationships inside Rutgers than anyone else on the list.

Jim Fiore

Occupation Stony Brook, athletic director

Background -- Fiore has no Big Ten ties or experience but is a lifelong Northeast athletics administrator. Fiore's Ivy League experience at Princeton and Dartmouth are likely to stand out to fellow Ivy League product Barchi. Fiore has been with Stony Brook for 10 years and was the senior associate athletic director down Route 1 at Princeton beforehand.

Steve Bilsky

Occupation Pennsylvania, athletic director

Background -- Bilsky makes the list because of his working relationship with Barchi and experience fundraising in the area. Barchi often referenced his experience at Penn during comments in the last week and could look back to Penn again during the ongoing search.

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