University of Oregon – gasp! – hires an athletic director

Welcome, Rob.

After Mike Bellotti suddenly announced that he needed to not be University of Oregon’s athletic director anymore on March 20th, a replacement has finally been hired.

And your new Oregon Ducks AD is: Damon Evans.

Just kidding.

The Oregonian has confirmed that the Ducks have hired Rob Mullens, deputy athletic director at the University of Kentucky. Mullens had been a finalist for athletic director jobs at LSU, Maryland and Miami.

Mullens will take the place of interim athletic director Lorraine Davis, who has served since March when Mike Bellotti resigned to take a position with ESPN.

University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere released his comments in a statement:

Rob Mullens brings a deep reservoir of experience to the University of Oregon. He has played key roles in managing large and complex organizations at the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland, and those universities have flourished as a result. His management and financial expertise will be invaluable to the UO as our athletics department continues to thrive and secures its place as one of the preeminent programs in the nation.

Mullens will begin his duties at the UO on or before Sept. 1. And who knows, he might even have a contract.

Watch the full press conference here:


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