There have been multiple different reports regarding the future of Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow tonight, and I will do my best to pass along what we know.
According to a source, Yow IS on her way to North Carolina Friday to meet with North Carolina State officials. She is expected to accept the Athletic Director position in Raleigh, where she will replace outgoing AD Lee Fowler.
The Washington Post cited Maryland associate AD Kathleen Worthington in saying that no contract has been signed. That being said, sources have indicated to WNST that the decision has been made.
According to InsideMDSports.com, Yow offered an “emotional” address to Terrapin Club members at a previously scheduled meeting Thursday night.
Rumors regarding Yow’s potential interested in the position at NC State began immediately after Fowler announced his resignation. Yow has clear emotional ties to NCSU, as her late sister Kay Yow coached the Wolfpack Women’s basketball program from 1975 until she died of breast cancer in 2009. Yow had previously denied interviewing for the NC State position to the Baltimore Sun, but was rumored to have interviewed earlier this month.
Yow’s departure would come at an interesting time in College Park. The University is still in the process of finding a replacement for school president C.D. Mote. A new president would likely want to be involved in the selection of a new athletic director. Ralph Friedgen is entering a year in which Debbie Yow had stated publicly she expected the football team to finish the season over .500; or his future would be in jeopardy. There is still a $1 million buyout in place should James Franklin NOT be named the next Terrapins football coach.
Yow’s legacy with the Terps will ultimately show that she presided over a very successful tenure in athletics history. Some would argue that Gary Williams won the 2001-2002 NCAA Basketball Championship in SPITE of Yow, while Yow was unarguably a crucial part of Brenda Frese’s women’s team winning the 2005-2006 NCAA Basketball Championship.
The InsideMDSports.com report indicates that Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway would be considered a “prime target” to replace Yow, as Hathaway is a Maryland graduate. No timetable is expected for what will be a national search for a replacement.