McNeese State University has called off its search for a new athletic director, citing COVID-19 related financial concerns.
In a release, the Louisiana university announced that there was no timetable for a new search, but said it would begin during the 2020-21 academic year.
"This was a very thorough search and many highly qualified candidates applied for this position," McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel said. "However, after carefully consideration, we have decided to terminate this search and leave the position unfilled for now."
Burckel said that the revenue implications of losing spring sports due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding the current situation played a role in the decision to call off the search.
"The recovery process is very fluid but we are planning for a full fall sports season. We are waiting on guidance from the NCAA and Southland Conference on when student-athletes can return to begin practice and participate in team meetings," he said.
Meanwhile, Tanner Stines will reportedly carry on as McNeese’s interim athletic director. Applicants for the position have been encouraged to re-apply.