After reports surfaced that Maryland had fired athletic director Kevin Anderson, the school released a statement denying it had removed Anderson from his post.
University Statement: Kevin Anderson is UMD Athletic Director. Media reports to the contrary are false.
— UMD Right Now (@UMDRightNow) October 14, 2017
MASN’s Bobby Blanco was first to report the news, which ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and Brett McMurphy confirmed. He also reports that university president Wallace Loh fired Anderson on Oct. 1 after Anderson showed interest in the athletic director job at Cal.
Wallace Loh removed him on Oct 1. He was upset that Anderson sought the Cal AD job.
— Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) October 14, 2017
InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann reported Anderson has been placed on leave and “is unlikely to to return,” but did not confirm the firing.
#Terps prez Wallace Loh moved to fire him last weekend before intervention kept him on board, at least in name. Still a fluid situation.
— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) October 14, 2017
Blanco also reported Anderson has a hefty severance package that will keep him on university payroll until next August, and that Maryland donor and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank negotiated that for him.
Anderson has been Maryland’s athletic director since 2010, when he came over from the U.S. Military Academy after Debbie Yow left to take the same job at North Carolina State. He oversaw Maryland’s move from the ACC to the Big Ten. Anderson’s firing was out of the blue, as Maryland athletics is enjoying well-rounded success. After drawing flak for hiring Randy Edsall, Anderson’s hire of DJ Durkin is working out, Mark Turgeon is leading the basketball team to consistent Big Ten success, women’s and men’s lacrosse teams are coming off national championships, the volleyball program is rounding into form and men’s soccer is consistently one of the top teams in the nation.