Two days after Maryland denied reports that it had fired athletics director Kevin Anderson, the Terps have placed him on a “six-month sabbatical.”
InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann was first to report the news. This comes after MASN’s Bobby Blanco reported Saturday that university president Wallace Loh had fired Anderson, a report that the school disputed. The school will announce this latest move soon, according to Ermann.
Anderson’s email to staff was included in Maryland’s statement on Monday:
Dear Colleagues, During the past several weeks, I have received a tremendous response from across the nation to the Washington Post article that highlighted my work with our student-athletes through “Kicking it with Kevin.” This experience has led me to consider where I want to focus my energies at this point in my career.
To this end, the University of Maryland has granted me the opportunity to remain in my position of Athletic Director while I take a six-month professional development sabbatical to engage in various projects focusing on leadership development, including work with a broad coalition of groups focused on issues of equity, student athlete activism and inclusion in college athletics and working with the NACDA/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation.
I will also continue my personal participation on certain NACDA and NCAA Committees. While on sabbatical, the regular duties of running the department will be performed by an administrator to be selected by President Loh.
Please share this news with staff members in your areas.
Filling Loh’s place will be Damon Evans. Evans’ title is listed as “executive athletic director” on Maryland’s website, and he’s been with the school since 2014. He previously served as athletic director at Georgia; he and the school parted ways after Evans’ DUI arrest in 2010.
This thrusts Anderson’s future at Maryland into question. Ermann reports it “wouldn’t be surprising” if Anderson found another job before the six-month leave is over.
Anderson has been at Maryland since 2010. He came to the Terps from Army after Debbie Yow left the school for the athletic director job at North Carolina State. Maryland teams have accumulated six national championships and 13 Final Four trips during his seven years at the school, including women’s and men’s lacrosse championships in May.