Army's Boo Corrigan one of two finalists for Vanderbilt AD post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt's search for a new athletics director has been narrowed to two, with Army's athletic director Boo Corrigan one of the potential successors to David Williams, sources tell me.Vandy

I am less certain of the other candidate, It may be Colorado athletic director Rick George. It may be an outside-the-box business person, likely from Nashville, without a big sports administration background.

Vanderbilt's Board of Trust met in recent days but it's unclear to what degree the post was discussed or if it reached a final decision.

Williams announced on Sept. 11 that he would leave his post. He will transition to a full-time position as a tenured law professor, a job he's held since 2000. He's also been head of the athletics department since 2003.


There are indications Vanderbilt could introduce the new AD by the time the Commodores play UT on Nov. 24 and that the new person could start in January.


Corrigan is currently in his eighth year at Army where he was the 2017 NACDA Athletic Director of the Year. The Black Knights have won consecutive bowl games. (Photo courtesy Army.)

He oversaw the formation of The Army West Point Athletic Association in 2017, creating a non-profit organization that gave the department flexibility and autonomy, per the school's website.

During his tenure, the school added women's lacrosse and men's and women's rugby programs, completed three large facility projects and partnered with Nike for a rebranding project.

Before joining Army, Corrigan worked for three years in the athletic department at Duke, five years at Notre Dame and also was an associate athletic director for marketing at Navy.

He is a Notre Dame graduate and holds a Master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth.

George previously worked in administration for the Commodores from 1991-98 as associate athletic director for external operations. He oversaw the football program, managing budgets and developing marketing and promotional strategies for all sports.

Vanderbilt was 27-61 during that stretch, topping out at two 5-6 seasons.RickGeorge

George, 58, has been at Colorado since 2013 and before that, he worked for the Texas Rangers, the PGA Tour and in football operations in three conferences including at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

According to his bio at Colorado’s website, he signed an extension with the Buffaloes in 2016 that runs through the 2020-21 academic year. He raised over $100 million for a $156 million athletic complex expansion at Colorado that includes an indoor practice facility.

He was assistant athletic director for football operations at Colorado when the football team won the national championship in 1990. (Photo courtesy of Colorado.)

The business person avenue would be an interesting angle for a university that has spoken of hiring a sitting Power 5 AD.

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