Penn State is on the verge of naming a new athletic director.
One name that has surfaced in the search is Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips. But if Phillips is going anywhere, that was news to multiple Northwestern sources on Friday.
Penn State’s outgoing athletic director, Dave Joyner, begins his retirement on Aug. 1. Penn State sent out a press release Friday saying it would hold a press conference to announce a “personnel decision in intercollegiate athletics.”
Phillips could not be reached for comment.
The move would obviously be a step up for Phillips who has been able to gain national attention at the helm of Northwestern’s athletics department.
This summer Phillips became the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He also has gained acclaim for having kept football coach Pat Fitzgerald in Evanston despite the pursuits of big-name schools as well as his ability to lure basketball coach Chris Collins to a program with a futile history.
At the time of his hire last summer, Collins—a Duke assistant—was widely considered the most sought after assistant coach in the country.