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UCLA finalizing deal to hire Martin Jarmond as athletic director

Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond is close to finalizing a deal to become UCLA's new athletic director.
(Steven Senne / Associated Press)

UCLA apparently has fended off Boston College’s efforts to retain Martin Jarmond, agreeing in principle to a contract that would make him the Bruins’ new athletic director.

Barring a last-minute breakdown in both sides’ attempts to finalize a deal, Jarmond would become UCLA’s first black athletic director in its 101-year history, according to two people close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

Jarmond, 39, could be introduced in an online video chat as soon as early next week. He prevailed over fellow finalist Desiree Reed-Francois, the Nevada Las Vegas athletic director who withdrew from consideration Friday.

UCLA is centering it search for a new athletic director on Boston College’s Martin Jarmond after Nevada Las Vegas’ Desiree Reed-Francois withdrew from consideration.

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Boston College had attempted to keep Jarmond in place after his strong showing in his three years on the job. He recently hired football coach Jeff Hafley, a former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and NFL assistant coach, and helped the school raise more than $108 million toward a $150-million capital campaign that was the largest in the history of any athletic department in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jarmond had previously spent a combined 15 years as an athletic administrator at Ohio State and Michigan State.

At UCLA, Jarmond would replace Dan Guerrero, who oversaw a department that enjoyed plentiful success in every sport besides football during his 18 years as athletic director. Guerrero is scheduled to retire at the end of June.


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