Dick Dull, the University of Maryland's athletic director, is among at least four finalists for the athletic director's job at Arizona State, sources said yesterday.
The other finalists, according to a Pacific-10 Conference source, are athletic directors Sam Jankovich of Miami, Lew Perkins of Wichita State and Gary Cunningham, the former UCLA basketball coach who now is at Wyoming.
Betty Asher, vice president for student affairs and a member of the Arizona State search committee, declined comment about any candidate.
She said the committee soon would submit a list of names to university President J. Russell Nelson for his consideration. Nelson was not available for comment yesterday.
Dull said he had received a letter from the Arizona State selection committee informing him he had been nominated for the job. It was left vacant when Dick Tamburo resigned in the wake of a recent drug scandal involving the baseball team.
Dull said he had not been contacted further.
Dull, in his fifth year at Maryland, declined further comment. He has been a finalist the last two years for the athletic director's job at Ohio State and at Southern California.
Sources familiar with Dull say he likes the West and probably would accept the Arizona State job if it was offered to him.
Troy Crowder, special assistant to Nelson, said he was uncertain when interviews would begin. He said Arizona State wanted to have its athletic director in office by July 1.
The selection committee did not interview any candidates, sources said, but determined only whom the president should interview and whether those nominees were available.
According to the Arizona Republic, there are six finalists instead of four.
In addition to Dull, Jankovich, Cunningham and Perkins, the paper reported that John Bridgers, athletic director at New Mexico, and Joe Kearney, who serves as the commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, are also in the running.is among at least four finalists for the athletic director's job at Ariz