Monday, April 18, 2016
Levick Emerges As Front Runner in UC Davis AD SearchThere might not be anymore protesters camped out in Chancellor Katehi’s foyer, but that didn’t stop the Chancellor’s spokeswoman Dana Topousis from working on Picnic Day. Topousis was asked by Davis Enterprise reporter Bruce Gallaudet for a comment on AggieSportsTalk.com’s revealing the three finalist candidates to become UC Davis’ next athletic director. Topousis was sure to point out that there are not three candidates, but rather five remaining. Topousis was not quoted on whether or not the names were correct, however, employees in Mrak and the athletic department have grown frustrated that names of potential candidates have leaked on AggieSportsTalk.com.The finalists, as reported by AggieSportsTalk.com, included current Saint Mary’s College AD Mark Orr, current Tufts’ AD John Morris and Stanford Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Blue.Mark Orr played football at California while Ron Gould, UC Davis’ current head football coach, was an assistant. He also was the athletic director when Saint Mary’s decided to drop its football program in 2004, a certain sticking point for many UCD football alums if Orr is to be considered a serious final candidate. Orr also was at the helm when the Gaels were sanctioned by the NCAA when their men’s basketball team conducted illegal workouts. San Jose Mercury sports writer Jon Wilner believed that Orr was as guilty as Bennett in not being able to catch and rectify the NCAA violations.Morris was the interim athletic director at Colorado State and signed the deal to schedule a football game against UC Davis in 2014. He was also a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Washington, a Pac-12 connection to Teresa Gould, who was at Cal for more than a decade. Morris has been in his current position since June 15, 2015.