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Kevin Anderson has been hired as interim athletic director at Cal-Northridge

Kevin Anderson has been hired as interim athletic director at Cal-Northridge
Former Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and Mike Locksley speak at a press conference at Glazer Auditorium on the UMD campus after Anderson fired head coach Randy Edsall and named Locksley as interim head coach. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Three weeks after ending his six-month sabbatical and nearly eight-year tenure as Maryland's athletic director, Kevin Anderson has agreed to serve in the same position on an interim basis at Cal-Northridge.

An athletic department spokesman at the Southern California school confirmed Anderson's hiring, but said that he would not be a candidate for the full-time position. Matt Monroe said the search is "ongoing" and "open-ended," with Anderson starting his position on Monday.

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ESPN first reported the hiring.

Maryland president Wallace Loh announced Anderson's departure April 13, nearly six months to the day that Anderson began what was called a "six month professional development sabbatical." Anderson had more than 18 months remaining on his contract when he left.

Sources close to Anderson said that he agreed to a buyout on his $580,000 a year contract, and likely signed a non-disclosure agreement that prevented him from speaking about his situation at Maryland.

Anderson declined several interview requests before and after he left Maryland. He did not return a text message Friday asking about him going to Cal-Northridge. Anderson and his wife, Moira, recently sold their Rockville home. Much of Anderson's professional career had been spent on the West Coast before going to Army and then Maryland.

Cal-Northridge fired athletic director Brandon Martin and men's basketball coach Reggie Theus in March after the two were reportedly involved in a physical altercation. The school later hired former North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried.

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