Crouthamel announces retirement

Jake Crouthamel, Syracuse University athletics director, announced his retirement effective June 30, during a press conference Wednesday.

"I will leave the University with very mixed emotions," Crouthamel said. "I am proud of we have been able to accomplish, but with the understanding that we could have done more." SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor said a search for his replacement will begin immediately. The decision to retire came two years ago, Crouthamel said.

"We hope to get a new AD on board as soon as possible because we have this incredible institutional knowledge in Jake," Cantor said.

In more than 26 years with Syracuse, Crouthamel saw the athletics program win the men's basketball championship in 2003, the football team make 14 bowl appearances, the men's lacrosse team win nine national championships and was instrumental in guiding the Big East conferences through peaks and valleys.

"I have spent the last 40 plus years on a college campus and it is going to be difficult to leave that environment, it is all I know," Crouthamel said. "I will continue to go to football games on Saturdays and basketball games, near Cape Cod. That is what I do – it is my life."

One of Crouthamel's final tasks will be to evaluate the football coaching situation. Football coach Paul Pasqualoni has come under some heat in the past few years for an underachieving program.

"As Jake outlined at the end of last football season, that he will closely review the program's progress at the conclusion of this season," Cantor said. "Following the Boston College game, Jake will make a recommendation to me about how he believes we should go forward."

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