Utah Athletic Director Jim Copeland will be named the new athletic director of the University of Virginia today, according to a published report.
The Chicago Tribune said in Friday's editions that Copeland, a former football player for Virginia and the Cleveland Browns, would take the job left open by Dick Schultz, who is leaving to become executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Sept. 1. Doug Single, who quit as Northwestern's athletic director Thursday, was reported to be the other of two finalists for the job.
Virginia President Robert M. O'Neil is expected to announce the new athletic director at a press conference this morning.
Copeland, 42, was not available for comment yesterday, but a Utah spokesman confirmed that he was in Charlottesville and said it is "no secret" Copeland is interested in the Virginia job. Virginia officials had no comment about the report or about Single's resignation.
Copeland played for the Cleveland Browns in 1967-74. He was an assistant athletic director in 1979-81 at Missouri, and athletic director at William and Mary from 1981 until he took the Utah job in July 1985. During Copeland's two years in Utah, the school won 11 conference titles.