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Florida State is seeking a new athletic director after Stan Wilcox accepted an executive position with the NCAA.
Wilcox will replace Oliver Luck as the NCAA's executive vice-president of regulatory affairs. Luck departed to become the commissioner and CEO of the new XFL.
In an announcement made by the school on Monday, Wilcox said that he was "honored and humbled to join [NCAA president] Mark Emmert's leadership team."
Wilcox replaced Randy Spetman in 2013 and three years later the school added the title of vice-president.
In a statement, FSU president John Thrasher cited national championships in three sports, a top-10 finish in the director's cup last season and an overall improvement in academic performances from the school's student-athletes.
"I want to thank Stan for everything he has done at FSU. We're excited for him, and we all wish him the best in his new position," Thrasher said in the statement. "Our success on the playing fields under his leadership has been exceptional, with national championships in football, soccer, and softball over that time. We finished ninth in the 2017-18 Learfield Director's Cup last year, and our student-athletes reached a cumulative 3.0 GPA this past year."
Wilcox hired Willie Taggart as the Seminoles' new football coach to replace Jimbo Fisher. He also extended basketball coach Leonard Hamilton's contract and
oversaw improvements to facilities used in football, basketball, soccer, softball, beach volleyball and golf.
Wilcox came to FSU from Duke, where he was the senior deputy athletic director for five years. He was an associate commissioner in the Big East for 11 years and a legislative assistant for the NCAA. He was also a basketball player at Notre Dame.
"I am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have led me to this point," Wilcox said in his statement. "The Big East Conference, Notre Dame University, Duke University and most recently Florida State University have provided a depth and breadth of experiences on which I will rely heavily moving forward. I am excited to return to the NCAA, where my intercollegiate athletics career began."
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