NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A 38-year-old former Rutgers football player has been nominated to serve as the university's next director of athletics, two sources familiar with the decision told The Associated Press late Wednesday.
University president Richard L. McCormick nominated Tim Pernetti on Wednesday, according to the sources who requested anonymity because the school has not announced the decision.
The Rutgers Board of Governors is scheduled to convene Thursday and vote whether to accept the nomination.
Pernetti would replace Robert E. Mulcahy, who was fired at the end of last year. He would become the youngest athletic director in the Big East Conference and face an immediate challenge in trying to raise money to complete a $102 million expansion to the football stadium.
The selection committee recently narrowed its search to Pernetti, UNC-Wilmington athletic director Kelly Mehrtens and Akron athletic director Mack Rhoades.
ly 1990s, has no previous experience as an athletic director. He is currently executive vice president for content at CBS College Sports Network. He has been a radio game analyst for Rutgers football for the past eight years.
Pernetti has close ties with Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano, having played one season for him at Ramapo High School.
Pernetti was interviewed for the Big East commissioner's job last year, losing out to John Marinatto.
The Rutgers athletic department has been run for the past two months on an interim basis by Carl Kirschner. He is the chairman of the university's academic oversight committee for intercollegiate athletics.
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