Kansas expects to have its next athletic director by the end of the summer, and possibly sooner.
University chancellor Douglas Girod said Wednesday that the search for a new AD is going well, according to the Lawrence Journal-World’s Chad Lawhorn. Girod was later asked about his reported comments to a group of Kansas boosters that the search would be over in about two weeks, and he affirmed that was a possibility.
Some of the names that have been associated with the opening include former Arkansas AD Jeff Long and currently Oklahoma associate AD Kenny Mossman.
Girod fired former Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger in May, citing “elusive” progress for the athletic department in key areas.
Sheahon has been a loyal Jayhawk, and our athletics department has improved in many areas under his leadership. But Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary.
The decision came after some fans publicly called for Zenger’s firing after another dismal season for the Kansas football team, buying space on a billboard outside Topeka, Kan., to criticize Zenger. The billboard was taken down after one day.