Syracuse names Boise State AD Mark Coyle new athletic director

The University of Syracuse hired Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle to the same position the school announced Friday.

Coyle has been at Boise State since December 2011 and also previously worked at Kentucky as director AD, along with a stint at the University of Minnesota has associate AD.

The expectations for sports at Syracuse are much higher than at Boise State. It will be interesting to see how Coyle handles the pressure.

“Mark has an outstanding record as a director of athletics and is known throughout the country for his professional accomplishments,” Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. “His strong academic values and commitment to the welfare of student-athletes, combined with his record of achievement in fundraising, make him the right person to lead Syracuse University Athletics forward at this important time for the University.”

Coyle’s most difficult task has to be putting together an exit strategy for men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.

It has been reported that Boeheim is not ready to step down and will not walk away quietly. In March, the NCAA came down hard on Syracuse for violating rules and enfored lost scholarships, vacated wins, financial penalties and Boeheim will be forced to sit out nine conference games for the upcoming season.

Coyle will replace Darryl Gross, who resigned in March after the above NCAA sanctions were put in place.

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