UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway Negotiating Buyout, According To Report

UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway is on his way out after recent investigations into his on-the-job abilities. Failure to fundraise and to meet compliance contributed largely to his downfall.

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UConn Confirms It's 'Evaluating School's Athletic Department'

On Sunday, there was a report that University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst was about to have the university buy out the contract of athletic director Jeff Hathaway, amid concerns about Hathaway's ability to raise funds and ensure the university's teams complied with NCAA rules.

It now looks like that report was accurate - Herbst does indeed confirm that she has "initiated an evaluation of the school's athletic department," the AP reports, and that fundraising and compliance are key reasons why.

By most measures available to us as outsiders, UConn's athletic department has performed brilliantly during Hathaway's tenure, as the AP report suggests. The mens' basketball team won the NCAA championship this year, the womens' team is a powerhouse year in and year out, the football team went to a BCS bowl (despite honestly not being particularly good), and two baseball players were picked in the first round of the MLB Draft. 

But there have been recruiting violations for the mens' basketball team, and Hathaway and mens' coach Jim Calhoun do not get along.

For more on the Connecticut Huskies, visit The UConn Blog.

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UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway Negotiating Buyout, According To Report

The UConn Huskies athletics department has won three women's and two men's NCAA Basketball Tournaments and saw the football team play in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl during Jeff Hathaway's tenure as athletic director. But, according to TheDay.com, Hathaway and university president Susan Herbst are negotiating a buyout to end his time with the school.

Hathaway's performance as athletic director has come under inquiry after an investigation raised questions over his ability to fulfill his duties. The two major areas that he was found lacking in were fundraising and compliance. In 2011, basketball coach Jim Calhoun was found to have committed recruiting violations in 2008, received a short suspension for the 2011-12 season and saw his team placed on probation. Compliance will be a significant area for the new hire to focus on.

There are no replacements candidates as of now, but Hathaway will likely last in his position for a few more weeks. However, he is expected to leave before the start of classes in September.

Hathaway came to UConn in 2003 after serving as Colorado State's director of athletics. Before that he was an associate AD for the Huskies.

For more on the Huskies, visit The UConn Blog.

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