Florida State University Athletic Director Randy Spetman was set to address the FSU Board of Trustees tomorrow and the topic was to be a five year athletic plan (estimated at around 100 million dollars) aimed at making the Seminoles even more nationally competitive.
Problem is, as of tonight (Wednsday, May 5), Randy Spetman is no longer the FSU Athletic Director. He will not be overseeing the implementation of the plan he was the architect of. At least not directly. And he will no longer be presenting the plan at the BoT meeting.
Per FSU president Eric Barron:
Effective today, Florida State University Athletics Director Randy Spetman will take on a new role as senior advisor to the Athletics Department.
During his five-year tenure, Randy established an enviable record for Florida State Athletics and has done so with the highest level of integrity and commitment.
I am pleased, therefore, that through mutual agreement, Randy will continue to advance the Athletics Department’s Strategic Plan by working with a full range of stakeholders to gather additional information that will help shape the future of Florida State athletics.
He has agreed to take on this position through the length of his current contract, which ends in February (2014).
Randy is a person of incredible character and impressive dedication to athletics. He is truly appreciated by our student athletes, because they know he genuinely cares about their success.
The overall performance of our athletic activities under his leadership, as reflected by our stellar standing in the Director’s Cup, has been the highest during the past three years in the history of the institution despite an athletics budget that is considerably smaller than athletics programs of peer universities.
What’s more, Randy oversaw those accomplishments while always ensuring compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.
I have appointed Senior Associate Athletic Director Vanessa Fuchs as the Interim Athletics Director, and the university will soon begin a search for a new director.
So while Spetman is not out entirely, per se, he is also no longer the one manning the FSU athletic department. There was no comment from Spetman on the release.
There are some around the program who believe this has been a while in the making after issues over conference affiliations and the departure of Bobby Bowden have been perceived as problems during Spetman's tenure.
Last year he was given a one-year extension with no pay-raise that indicated he may not be in his current role much longer. The other shoe apparently fell today.
As for FSU, there's plenty of speculation as to who could become the next AD. I have my hunches but we'll have to see how it plays out over the next few weeks.
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