Ohio University's Hocutt to replace Dee at Miami

Updated: February 8, 2008, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Kirby Hocutt was hired as the University of Miami athletic director Friday, replacing Paul Dee.

Hocutt, 36, had been the athletic director at Ohio University since 2005. The former Kansas State linebacker also spent six years in Oklahoma's athletic department, where he helped oversee a major fund-raising campaign.

"Everybody knows what the Miami Hurricanes are, what they're about and their winning tradition," Hocutt said. "It's a national brand. Coast-to-coast, anywhere you go, you see 'The U' and you know it's the University of Miami. And I take great pride in being a part of this program."

Dee, Miami's athletic director since 1993, had announced plans to resign in May and is expected to join Miami's faculty on June 1. His time as athletic director was highlighted by the Hurricanes' 2001 national football championship, two national titles in baseball and the construction of Miami's $48 million campus basketball arena.

Under Hocutt, football season-ticket sales at Ohio University increased 90 percent, and men's basketball season-ticket sales increased 50 percent.

Fund-raising will be critical to Miami's future success as well, Hocutt said.

"We think he's the perfect person for the job," Miami president Donna Shalala said.

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