BLOG — Ole Miss’ search to replace Pete Boone as athletics director returned to the forefront late Friday afternoon when the committee to find the new AD was officially formed and announced.The committee is almost identical to the one that helped find and recommend football coach Hugh Freeze in December. Former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and FedEx executive Mike Glenn will serve as the co-chairmen, the same role they served for the hiring of Freeze. The two will be joined on the committee by Ole Miss Alumni Association president Richard Noble, two faculty members in Ron Rychlak and Ethel Young-Minor as well UMAA governing board member Cal Mayo.
Noble, Rychlak and Young-Minor served on the committee to help hire Freeze. Mayo is the only new addition to the committee.
Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones said in a release that with the committee now in place, he was expecting to see a new AD in place by the end of the spring semester, which begins Monday.
“I have spoken to each of the search committee members, and they are ready to get started,” Jones said. “We all understand how important it is to find the right person to lead Ole Miss athletics. I have asked the search committee to cast a broad net to assure we have a strong pool of candidates.”
Friday’s announcement also included a more defined date for Boone’s departure. When it was first announced last November, Jones said Boone could remain in his current role through Dec. 31, 2012. That date has now been moved up to June 30 or earlier if a replacement is hired.
For more on the AD search, see Monday’s Sports section. (January 21, 2012)