Both sides are now denying reports that surfaced Monday afternoon that Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was set to take the same position at Stanford University. Anderson came out quickly and issued a denial to The Washington Post, and now sources in the Bay Area are stating that Stanford is not close to finishing its search for a new AD.
A Stanford spokesperson Monday denied a report that Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson was in contract negotiations with Stanford to head its athletic department.
The committee is "not even close" to completing its work, a source close to the committee said Monday afternoon.
Anderson was named AD at Maryland in 2010, signing a five-year contract for that position. But the Stanford job opened this summer when Cardinal AD Bob Bowlsby left the school to become Commissioner of the Big 12.
Anderson's denial from the Washington Post report:
"I haven't talked to anybody from Stanford University about their athletics director position or any other position," Anderson told the Post's Jason Reid in a telephone interview. "I have not accepted another job. I have not talked to anyone about another job. This [report] is incorrect."
Anderson's tenure at Maryland has been difficult. He took the job in 2010, signing a five-year contract. Since then, budget deficits have forced him to cut several smaller sports as the school scrambles to address what could be a $17 million hole by 2017. He has also drawn fire for the decision to hire Randy Edsall as the head football coach and the men's basketball team missing the postseason during both his first two years.