Reports: UCLA's Harlan to be hired as Bulls AD
UCLA senior associate athletic director Mark Harlan will be named USF's new AD later this week, according to a pair of reports from the West Coast.
The Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster (via Twitter) and Collegead.org, both citing anonymous sources, reported late Saturday night Harlan, a 44-year-old University of Arizona alumnus, has accepted the job.
USF hasn't confirmed the hire, but buzz has abounded on campus since Friday that Harlan has been tabbed to replace Doug Woolard, who announced his retirement in January after 10 years.
Officially, the school has released no update on the search, being overseen by a Texas-based
private firm. No new meeting of USF's six-person search advisory committee has been scheduled.
On Wednesday, the school released the names of four formal applicants, but none were believed to be among the finalists vetted by the search firm.
Harlan, once a graduate assistant to former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey, has held administrative roles in four athletic departments including Northern Colorado, San Jose State and his alma mater.
His strength appears to be in fundraising and marketing. According to a Los Angeles Times story published last October, Harlan said the Bruins program was coming off a record year in donations, with an increase in the donor base the last 16 months.
According to his official bio, he directed the final two years of the capital campaign toward the $132 million renovation of Pauley Pavilion. A new $50 million football facility also is in the works.
At San Jose State, he was credited with helping athletic director Tom Bowen resurrect and restructure a floundering sports program previously crippled by rampant academic ineligibility.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Harlan and Bowen raised $1.1 million for scholarships in 2005, nearly a half-million dollars more than was raised all of the previous year. In 2006, the football team -- under Tomey -- won its first bowl game in 16 years.