San Jose St Athletic Director Search Narrows...

(Interim SJS President, Don Kassing above). Stanford's mike Izzi is among the SJSU A.D. finalists. According to inside sources, the search has been narrowed down to 3 or possibly four candidates.

Mike Izzi, an associate athletics director at Stanford, is among the finalists interviewing this week for the athletic director job at San Jose State, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Three or four finalists are being considered, sources said.

Izzi joined Stanford's athletic department in 1991 and has spent the past 16 months managing Stanford's development staff and overseeing the department's fundraising arm.

Izzi works in the same building as former 49ers Coach Bill Walsh, a special assistant to the athletic director at Stanford who is chairing SJSU's search committee.

A 1984 graduate of UCLA with a degree in sociology, Izzi served as the marketing director, coordinator of marketing and promotions and coordinator of football team travel before joining the development office in 1996. He worked as the director of annual giving until 1999.

The panel is working in conjunction with interim SJSU president Don Kassing, who will make the final hire.

(Coaching rumors continue to whip up dust!)

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