With the Big East men's basketball schedule on the verge of release, Marquette went ahead and jumped the news cycle, announcing that Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl will be Marquette's new vice president and director of athletics. Scholl will start in mid-October and report directly to university president Dr. Michael Lovell.
Scholl replaces interim VP for athletics Bill Cords, who took up the post after Larry Williams resigned in December. Of course, that news was announced on the Friday of finals week, so it always seemed something was not quite right with that story. Paint Touches locked that shiftiness into place this morning in their post on Scholl, where a university administrator confirmed to them that Williams was actually fired, in part to appease a donor.
Scholl has been the athletic director since 2012 where the Cardinals' teams have enjoyed success both on the field and in the classroom. Before that, Scholl was a part of the Notre Dame athletic department for 23 years, including wrapping up his time as deputy athletic director. Scholl, like Williams before him, is a Notre Dame alumnus, so I personally can't wait for the irrational freakouts that will take place as a result of that.
You can read more about Scholl in the university's press release, of course, but I'll leave you with this tweet from Jesse Temple, Fox Sports Wisconsin's UW beat writer:
@AndrewGruman Wow, that is a fantastic get. I talked to him for a story this summer. A good guy.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 9, 2014