BOULDER, Colo. -- University of Colorado officials have
spoken with former Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel
about serving as interim athletic director at CU, but said
Wednesday that no final agreement had been reached.
The Daily Camera of Boulder reported that Lengyel would begin
work Dec. 1, the day after athletic director Dick Tharp officially
resigns, and that Neinas Sports Services would help look for a
CU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny confirmed Wednesday that
Lengyel was among potential candidates and that CU was considering
using a consultant to find a permanent hire, but said there were no
"We are working quickly to designate an interim athletics
director but have not come to any agreement at this time,'' Byyny
said in a written statement.
Lengyel, former president of both the National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Division I-A Athletic
Directors, could not be reached for comment.
Tharp announced his resignation Monday after nine years in his
An investigating panel that earlier this year concluded some
football players made sex, alcohol and drugs available to recruits
also accused CU officials of lax oversight. However, it found no
evidence they condoned the players' actions.
Provost Phil DiStefano told athletic department employees
Tuesday it could take four to six months for a new hire to be
"We're committed to a thoughtful and thorough process, and that
takes some time,'' CU spokeswoman Michele Ames said. "These
processes are not ones that move forward in haste.''
Byyny said he and DiStefano would assemble a committee to review
Lengyel was the former Marshall University football coach who
helped rebuild a squad devastated by a plane crash that killed 75
people, including 36 players, in 1970.
He was athletic director at Fresno State (1983-86) and Missouri
(1986-88), and an associate athletic director at Louisville
(1978-80) before becoming athletic director at Navy (1988-2001).
He most recently served as interim athletic director at Temple
University and then Eastern Kentucky.
Several CU staffers said they were interested in the permanent
position at Colorado, but both Jon Burianek, associate athletic
director for business, and men's golf coach Mark Simpson said they
had not had any discussions about the job with DiStefano.
Whoever takes over for Tharp permanently will have to work with
restrictions in recruiting enacted after the investigations into
recruiting, along with a 15 percent reduction in the athletic
budget this year.
The new athletic director also will be running department that
was once independent but has since been placed under DiStefano's
Colorado has reportedly chosen former Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel as its interim athletic director.