AP: Boston College AD will be PSU’s next athletic director

From Mirror, wire reports

Penn State is working to finalize a deal with Boston College athletic director Patrick Kraft to replace the retiring Sandy Barbour and become the school’s next AD.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that the school and Kraft were closing in on an agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because a deal was not complete. ESPN first reported Penn State was targeting Kraft as its new AD.

Kraft, a former Indiana football player, has been leading Boston College’s athletic department for almost two years. Previously, the 43-year-old was athletic director at Temple for five years after serving two years at the school as a deputy AD.

Barbour, 62, announced in March that she would retire this summer after leading Penn State athletics for the past eight years. She also had previous stints as AD at Tulane and California during a long career in college sports.

Barbour took over as Penn State was emerging from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. If the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first major hire under President-elect Neeli Bendapudi, who fronted a search group to find the next athletic director for the Nittany Lions several weeks ago.

Kraft would be the second consecutive athletic director at Boston College to hold the job for fewer than three years, following Martin Jarmond, who left in 2020 for the same job at UCLA.

Kraft would take over a Penn State program that has 31 varsity sports under its watch, which is two more than he had at Boston College and 12 more than when he was at Temple.


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