AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy resumed
its search for an athletic director Friday after the man selected
in March turned down the job.
Col. Michael Bloomfield, a 1981 Air Force graduate who played
linebacker and was a team captain for the Falcons, cited family and personal reasons for declining the position, the academy announced
Bloomfield will remain at his job at NASA's Johnson Space Center
in Houston where he serves as chief instructor astronaut.
Bloomfield was selected to replace director Col. Randy Spetman,
who announced his retirement in October after a change in the chain
of command prompted by the sexual assault scandal.
Dozens of female cadets said they were sexually assaulted at the
academy and that they were disciplined or forced to resign if they
reported it. The complaints led to a series of investigations and a
shake-up among the academy's top commanders.
Bloomfield was expected to begin the job in April.