Rutgers hires interim AD

Updated: January 8, 2009, 10:59 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers University picked Carl Kirschner to be interim athletic director Monday while the state university launches a national search for a permanent replacement for the ousted Robert Mulcahy.

Kirschner, at Rutgers since 1976, has been the chairman for more than a decade of a committee that reviews admission applications for student-athletes and monitors the academic progress of those who enroll.

"He fully understands the importance of a well-run athletics program that succeeds both on the field and in the classroom," Rutgers president Richard L. McCormick said in a statement.

The university said Kirschner will not be a candidate for the permanent post of athletic director.

Rutgers said that earlier reports that Kirschner was a Spanish professor were incorrect. He is a former dean of Rutgers College.

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