Pitt AD search: Candidates emerge to replace Scott Barnes
March 17, 2017 3:52 PM
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Florida Atlantic athletic director Patrick Chun, pictured here in October 2013, has emerged as a candidate to replace Scott Barnes as Pitt's athletic director.
By Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More than a month and a half since chancellor Patrick Gallagher formed his search committee, it sounds as if there has been some movement behind the scenes, with a few names emerging for the vacancy atop Pitt’s athletic department.
Fifth-year Florida Atlantic athletic director Patrick Chun and fourth-year Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke have been considered as candidates, or are still in the discussion, according to a source. Two other possibilities previously reported by Panther-Lair.com are fourth-year Northern Illinois athletic director Sean T. Frazier and Syracuse senior deputy director of athletics Herman Frazier.
Chun and Lyke are both Ohio natives who held high-level positions in the athletic department at Ohio State under longtime athletic director Gene Smith. Chun is also an Ohio State graduate who earned his master’s degree from Duquesne, while Lyke is a Michigan alumnus with a law degree from Akron.
If the hiring process is anything like last time around, Pitt could name an athletic director sometime in the next month or so.
In 2015, Pitt announced the Barnes hire April 24, a little more than four months after Steve Pederson was dismissed in mid-December. Barnes’ name first surfaced about 10 days earlier, and Sean Frazier was also reportedly a candidate then, as well.
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