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Woolard dismisses speculation about Illinois job

USF athletic director Doug Woolard, mentioned as a possible candidate for the athletic director job at Illinois, said he has no plans to leave the job he's had with the Bulls for the past seven years.

"It's probably more of a compliment to USF than it is to Doug Woolard," said the native of Carbondale, in southern Illinois. "We've got really good support here from the university and the Tampa Bay region, and we've been able to make some significant advancements. We have a lot of tremendous potential ahead of us, and I look forward to the opportunities we have in front of us."

Woolard was one of several names mentioned by the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register on Monday in a story discussing potential successors to Ron Guenther, who announced last week that he is retiring this summer. Woolard has guided USF into its current position in the Big East and has directed a massive $35 million package of facility upgrades, including new stadiums for baseball, softball and soccer, a practice facility for basketball and new practice fields for football, with a $35 million renovation of the Sun Dome expected to start this summer.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:59pm]


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