Director of Athletics Kevin White promoted veteran Senior Associate Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy to deputy athletic director in a statement Tuesday. Kennedy, an English professor and Duke athletic department member since 1977, served as interim athletic director after Joe Alleva left for Louisiana State University and before White was hired from Notre Dame. Kennedy will still be responsible for day-to-day operations, compliance and academic support.
In other athletic department news, White announced the hiring of former Notre Dame staffers Stan Wilcox and Boo Corrigan as senior administrators. Corrigan is the son of former ACC commissioner and Duke graduate Gene Corrigan, who served as a consultant in Duke’s search to replace Alleva and seemed to play an instrumental role in bringing White to Duke.
–by Ben Cohen
The troughs of Wallace Wade Stadium were scheduled to be replaced this year, but that plan was delayed. To compensate, Duke is “bringing in high-end portable toilets for women to use during football games,” according to the N&O.
Chris Kennedy, Duke’s associate athletic director, called these toilets “the gold standard.” The bathrooms will be trailers spread throughout the stadium. A new scoreboard will also grace Wally Wade next year, and the bathroom facilities and concession stands will be finished for the 2009 season.
When first-year head coach David Cutcliffe first saw the concessions, he told Kennedy that the food stations looked like “roadside fruit stands.”
–by Ben Cohen
Mike Cragg, Duke’s associate athletic director and director of the Legacy Fund, has emerged as the leading internal candidate to replace Joe Alleva as Director of Athletics. Cragg told The Chronicle about two weeks ago that he was “definitely interested” and would “definitely apply.”
Cragg joined the athletic department in 1987 and was promoted to Sports Information Director in 1990. He has led the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund since 1999 and in 2004, he was promoted to associate athletic director.
Interim Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy told The Chronicle he was not interested in the permamenent position the day after he was appointed to his current role. and Senior Women’s Adminstrator Jacki Silar told The Herald-Sun that she was not interested in the position.
—by Ben Cohen