Jeff Hathaway's name has been floating out there as a possible candidate for the Maryland athletic director job since the day Debbie Yow announced last month that she was leaving College Park after 16 years for North Carolina State.
In fact, it was Yow herself who proposed Hathaway's candidacy despite the fact that she said she had not even talked about it with her counterpart at the University of Connecticut.
It seemed logical, given that Hathaway is a Maryland and DeMatha High graduate with deep roots in the area.
It also seemed a longshot, considering that Hathaway was reportedly making nearly double what Maryland was paying Yow.
With Monday's announcement by the NCAA that Hathaway had been named chairman of the Division I men's basketball committee for the 2011-2012 season, it now appears unlikely that Hathaway will be leaving UConn.
According to Greg Shaheen, senior vice president for basketball and business strategy for the NCAA, Hathaway's position on the committee for the upcoming season would not follow him if he were to leave the Big East school for Maryland; he simply would be replaced by another Big East representative. Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman is the ACC's representative on the committee, and just finished his first year of a five-year commitment.
Friends of Hathaway have said that he has coveted the most high-profile committee chair position in college sports since returning to Connecticut in 2003 to replace Lew Perkins (another former Maryland AD) after getting his first job as an AD at Colorado State two years before.
It isn't known whether the search committee for the Maryland AD job, which met last week for the first time, has talked with Hathaway, who was not available for comment Monday.
Another potential candidate with ties to College Park, former associate athletic director Rob Mullens, left Kentucky (where he was deputy AD) last week to become athletic director at Oregon. The only known candidate appears to be interim athletic director Randy Eaton, who according to the Washington Post has been nominated for consideration by the search committee.