University of Virginia Athletic Director Gene Corrigan reportedly can have the same position at Notre Dame, if he wants it. Apparently he is not sure if he does.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times and Chicago Tribune reported in today's editions that Corrigan has been offered the job, with the Tribune reporting that Notre Dame officials consider Corrigan's hiring "a mere formality".
But not every one at Virginia does.
"I'd check with Corrigan before writing he'll definitely be going to Notre Dame," UVA President Frank Hereford told the Tribune. Efforts to do that proved futile at today's Virginia-Clemson game, where Corrigan sat on the side of the field away from the press box and steadfastly refused all requests for interviews except to say, "There is really nothing I can say," when asked if he was changing addresses.
Hereford told the Tribune he spoke to Corrigan for 90 minutes Friday and the 52-year-old Baltimore native wanted to stay. But the lure of the Golden Dome may prove to much. Corrigan and his wife, Lena, visited the South Bend campus Tuesday. Corrigan had taken a previous trip on Sept. 5 for the Notre Dame-Purdue game.
"I think he's going," a prominent member of the Virginia Student Aid Association told the Times' executive sports editor, Bill Brill, today.
"I talked to him Friday. He's got a great deal here. There's no pressure and the president loves him. But for a Catholic, Notre Dame is it. I don't think there is another job in the country Gene would take. Notre Dame if different though."