Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Colleges

USF hires search firm for AD position

TAMPA — USF signed an agreement with a Texas-based executive recruiting firm with a sprawling sports clientele to assist with its search for a new athletic director.

And the firm's president is an acquaintance of a potential AD candidate favored by a large segment of the Bulls fan base.

University president Judy Genshaft has an agreement with Eastman & Beaudine Inc., a public records request Friday showed. Eastman & Beaudine will charge USF $100,000, according to the agreement. The initial retainer is $33,333.33; out-of-pocket and travel expenses aren't included in the fee.

Genshaft and Eastman & Beaudine president Bob Beaudine "conservatively estimated" the Bulls AD job will pay $500,000 annually.

Beaudine, a recent speaker at a USF-hosted lecture series at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, appears to be a friend and business associate of Rob Higgins, the local favorite to replace retiring AD Doug Woolard.

A USF alumnus, Higgins currently heads the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. On the day Beaudine was scheduled to be at the Forum, Higgins issued this tweet: "Look forward to seeing my friend @YouGotWho & hearing him speak again." @YouGotWho is Beaudine's Twitter handle.

Higgins has declined to comment on the AD vacancy at his alma mater.

Based in Plano, Texas, Eastman & Beaudine's clientele has included Major League Baseball and some of its clubs, as well as the PGA Tour.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have an opening on their 2014 schedule after Tulane canceled a four-game series. The teams were scheduled to meet Sept. 6, but Tulane's new stadium in New Orleans may not be completed on time, and the schools could not agree on a later date.

Coaching hires: Notre Dame hired former Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur for the same position. … Stanford assistant Lance Anderson was promoted to defensive coordinator. … Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell will become offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. Coach Derek Mason also hired David Kotulski as defensive coordinator.

Basketball

Georgetown: Starting center Joshua Smith was ruled academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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