Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland has presided over the renovation and/or construction of a mind-numbing number of facilities across a breadth of sports on campus. The crown jewel was to be the new Stanford Stadium for the football program, which will commence immediately following the completion of the Stanford-Notre Dame game on November 26. Some observers have wondered aloud if that project would be the final piece in Leland's legacy on The Farm, but it appears that the 14-plus year Director will step away just as the construction gets underway.
Today Leland will announce today at a press conference on campus that he is leaving his position as Stanford's Athletic Director, effective January 1, 2006. The 56-year old has been hailed both regionally and nationally as a model leader in building a broad base of high-level success in a collegiate athletic department. Stanford teams have won some 50 national championships during his tenure, and the Cardinal have singularly dominated the Directors' Cup (formerly known as the Sears Cup) for the top athletic department in the nation - taking the last 11 trophies and all but the first, 12 years ago.
The Bootleg will bring you more on this story after today's press conference, including Leland's reflections upon his Cardinal career and his decision to move on. Stanford University President John Hennessy will also be in attendance. Stay tuned.
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