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The next athletic director at the University at Buffalo will slide into the job during perhaps the greatest period of athletic accomplishment in the university's history. The school is ready to announce who that will be.

UB has called a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to reveal the heir to Allen Greene, who was hired into the athletic director position at Auburn slightly more than two months ago.

Interest in UB athletics has reached unprecedented levels. The women's basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on the heels of the men's team's resounding first-round upset of Arizona.

What's more, in June UB received approval from the State Division of Budget to move forward with plans to construct an $18 million field house adjacent to Alumni Arena. The field house, tentatively scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019, is regarded as a vital component in football recruiting, among other things.

The football team is coming of a 6-6 season that made it bowl-eligible, although it was not selected to participate in a game. The two pillars of the Bulls' offense, quarterback Tyree Jackson and wideout Anthony Johnson, both return. Johnson, a senior, is considered a potential early-round NFL draft pick.

The announcement of the new athletic director will take place in The Buffalo Room on the ground floor of Capen Hall on UB's North Campus. Shortly thereafter the women's basketball team will depart for Albany to prepare for Saturday's Sweet 16 game against South Carolina.

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March 21, 2018


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