For the second time in less than a year, Syracuse will have to look for a new Athletics Director. Mark Coyle, who took the job last June, is leaving Syracuse to take a job at Minnesota, according to Chris Carlson of the Post-Standard. Scout's Ryan Burns reported previously Coyle is one of the finalists for the AD position with the Gophers.
Coyle has accepted the Athletics Director position at Minnesota. Also, according to multiple reports, Minnesota will pay the $500,000 buyout of Coyle's Syracuse contract.
The news comes as a major surprise, given the short time he had been on the job at Syracuse. During his time, he did oversee a major change within the football program. He fired former head coach Scott Shafer and hired Dino Babers.
"Mark Coyle has informed the University, that for family reasons, he is leaving the University for a position at Minnesota," Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said in a statement. "We wish him well."
Syracuse will begin their search for Coyle's replacement immediately.
"I'm hopeful (those in Syracuse) understand what Minnesota meant to me and what this opportunity means for me and my family," Coyle said during his introductory press conference on Wednesday. He added that he regretted the timing of the move.