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Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow expected to take same position at N.C. State

Debbie Yow will be on N.C. State's campus in Raleigh on Friday to meet with school officials and discuss the athletic director position.
Debbie Yow will be on N.C. State's campus in Raleigh on Friday to meet with school officials and discuss the athletic director position. (Preston Keres/the Washington Post)
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By Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, June 25, 2010

Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow is expected to take the same position at North Carolina State on Friday, according to two sources close to the Maryland athletic department.

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Yow said in a text message Thursday night that she will be on N.C. State's campus in Raleigh on Friday to meet with school officials and discuss the school's vacant athletic director position.

While Yow stopped short of acknowledging she had taken or been offered the job, an N.C. State source said the school is preparing to host a news conference early Friday afternoon.

Kathleen Worthington, Maryland's senior associate athletic director, also acknowledged in a phone interview that Yow will interview in Raleigh on Friday.

"Has a contract been signed? Is it a done deal? No," said Worthington, who spoke with Yow on Thursday. "But if something is going to happen, I anticipate it's going to get done quickly."

Comcast SportsNet first reported Thursday night that Yow would leave Maryland to become N.C. State's athletic director.

"I am visiting down there tomorrow, that is all I can say now," Yow said in a text message. "Gave my word."

According to a Maryland athletics department official, no news conference will take place at Maryland tomorrow regarding Yow's standing at the university.

N.C. State has been searching for a new athletic director since May 4 when Lee Fowler announced his resignation. Fowler officially will step down on June 30. N.C. State assembled a 13-member search committee to find his successor.

A native of North Carolina, Yow graduated from Elon University. Her sister, Kay, who died of breast cancer in 2009, served as the women's basketball coach at N.C. State for 34 years.

Hired by Maryland in 1994 as the first female athletic director in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Yow was the second-longest tenured athletic director in the conference behind only Wake Forest's Ron Wellman.

The Maryland athletic department expanded to include 27 teams during Yow's time in College Park, and since 1995 the Terrapins have won 20 national championships in six sports. Yow put an emphasis on balancing the athletic department's budget, something that had not been accomplished in the decade prior to her arrival.


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