Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson denied Monday that he would be named Stanford’s next athletic director, stating that “there’s no truth” to a report that contract terms were all that stood between his departure from College Park. Maryland released a three-sentence statement later Monday afternoon re-iterating Anderson’s denial.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Stanford would name Anderson the school’s next athletic director “assuming the two sides can agree on contract terms.”
“I haven’t talked to anybody from Stanford University about their athletics director position or any other position,” Anderson told the Post’s Jason Reid in a telephone interview. “I have not accepted another job. I have not talked to anyone about another job. This [report] is incorrect.”
In two years at Maryland, Anderson has had to hire new coaches for the school’s top revenue-generating sports — football and men’s basketball — while dealing with a budget crisis that led to the reduction of varsity sports fielded by the school.
He hired Randy Edsall in January 2011 after deciding to fire Ralph Friedgen, who won ACC football coach of the year honors in 2010. Five months later, following the retirement of Gary Williams, Anderson hired Mark Turgeon to run the men’s basketball program.
Anderson recently cut seven varsity sports in an attempt to offset an athletic department deficit that is projected to reach more than $4 million this fiscal year and could top $17 million by 2017.
The Maryland athletic department needed a $1.2 million university loan to reconcile its budget shortfall this past year. Anderson has said there is a strategic plan in place to balance the department’s $57.7 million budget by 2015.
“I am not in discussions nor have I been with Stanford University regarding their open athletic director position as I am committed to being the director of athletics at the University of Maryland,” Anderson said in the school-issued statement. “My focus and energy are committed to working to enhance the student-athlete experience and the competitive and financial success at the University of Maryland.
“We have just begun the transformation of the athletic department and I look forward to seeing this through.”
Stanford is looking to replace Bob Bowlsby, who became the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference in May.
Anderson was the director annual giving at Stanford from 1993-95.