A Top ESPN Executive Becomes Major College Athletic Director

Jul 7, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An executive who has been a fixture at ESPN has a new job as athletic director at Syracuse University. The AP reports that the school hired John Wildhack for the post.

“He is a Buffalo native and 1980 graduate of the university’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications,” the story reports. “Wildhack joined the cable sports network soon after graduating. He has been executive vice president for programming and production since 2014.”

Wildhack will replace Mark Coyle, who left after a year as AD at Syracuse to take the same position at Minnesota. Wildhack will take over from acting AD Daniel French in mid-August, the report notes.

“The university says Wildhack was responsible for several firsts at ESPN, including producing a live regular-season college football game in 1984 and a live NFL game in 1987,” the story adds.

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