Xavier University's hard-line stance on multiyear contracts has likely cost the school its athletic director.
Jeff Fogelson is scheduled to be introduced as Seton Hall's new athletic director at a news conference today in South Orange, N.J., sources confirmed Wednesday.
Fogelson, 51, Xavier's associate vice president and director of athletics, and his attorney Ken Seibel have been seeking a new multiyear contract - which he has had since coming to Xavier from Georgetown in October 1983 - but the university has refused to give one. Fogelson's current deal ends May 31.
Men's basketball coach Skip Prosser is reportedly the only Xavier employee with a multiyear contract.
Seton Hall, which like Xavier does not have a football program, is a slightly larger school (total enrollment 9,400 compared to XU's 6,500) and a member of the Big East Conference.
Fogelson had said repeatedly during the past few months that he wanted to remain at Xavier. John Kucia, XU's administrative vice president, said in January that Xavier
wanted to keep him. Yet contract negotiations stalled. Kucia has declined to discuss details of Fogelson's contract status or say why the school would no longer offer a multiyear deal after previously doing so.
''Ultimately, this whole thing is doing that which is best for my family,'' Fogelson said two weeks ago after visiting Seton Hall. Fogelson would not comment Wednesday when asked whether he was going to be named Seton Hall's A.D. Seibel would only say, ''I'm unable to discuss it.''
Kucia did not return a phone call, and Xavier spokesperson Kelly Leon said, ''At this time Xavier has no announcement to make.''
Fogelson has had the support of Prosser, who left town to recruit Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. Prosser has talked to Arizona State about its coaching job, and he is reportedly among the school's top choices after Utah's Rick Majerus. Fogelson's departure could have some effect on Prosser's decision whether to stay at Xavier should he receive another job offer.
Seton Hall expressed interest in Fogelson more than two months ago, and on Jan. 27 he faxed his resume to the school at its request. Fogelson interviewed on campus March 16 and met with Seibel and Kucia the next day. There was no change in Xavier's stance.
George Mason Athletic Director Tom O'Connor and Rich Ensor, commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, were the only other candidates to interview at Seton Hall.
Sources said Fogelson received a call from Seton Hall last Friday informing him that he was its top choice for the job. Details of the contract were finalized Wednesday.
Fogelson replaces Sue Regan, who took over as Seton Hall's athletic director on an interim basis after Larry Keating resigned in March 1997. Regan made it known she did not want the job full time.
In addition to hiring Prosser and former men's basketball coach Pete Gillen, Fogelson helped the Musketeers move into the Cincinnati Gardens and helped Xavier join the Atlantic 10 Conference after 16 years in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
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