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Kansas State athletic director resigns

Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause on Tuesday announced his resignation, effective March 31, to accept the position as the university's director of development at its Innovation Campus in Olathe, Kan.

Krause, 63, had served less than a year as athletic director after replacing Tim Weiser, who resigned to join the Big 12 as a deputy commissioner last April.

"For almost a year now, I have worked with the athletics department since this has been a high priority for the university as it makes a transition of leadership in the president's office," Krause said in a prepared statement. "I believe the department is in very good shape. We have excellent coaches in place at all levels."

In his new role, Krause will direct the fundraising efforts for the new branch of the university in the suburbs of Kansas City. Before he became athletic director, he had served 21 years as the school's vice president of institutional advancement.

Kansas State president Jon Wefald said that current deputy athletic director Jim Epps will serve as interim AD for the school until a successor is chosen.

The most notable act in Krause's short tenure came with the extension of former football coach Ron Prince's contract last July, followed by his firing four months later. The new buyout will cost the school $900,000.

Tim Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espntimgriff@yahoo.com.