PSU reportedly interested in Northwestern AD

Penn State has expressed interest in Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips as a possible successor to Dave Joyner, according to a report Sunday in the Chicago Tribune.

Joyner’s future as AD is unclear now that PSU President Rodney Erickson’s tenure has ended. Joyner said repeatedly he would stay on as long as Erickson remained in charge, but now Eric Barron has taken over as the school’s new president.

Phillips signed a 10-year contract with Northwestern in 2011 and is said to be making $750,000 per year, according to the Chicago newspaper, which also speculated Penn State could be looking to pay more than $1 million. Phillips recently became president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

The Chicago Tribune surmised about Phillips that “colleagues would be shocked if he left Northwestern,” given his ties to the school and area.

Staff change

PSU player development director Anthony Crespino is leaving to become director of football operations at Texas State, according to industry coaching tracker

Crespino didn’t stay long at Penn State as he was only hired in March, coming from Western Michigan.