Debbie Yow, Maryland's athletic director since 1994,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy…)
Maryland's Debbie Yow became the third athletic director locally to leave her job this year, following the retirement of Joe Boylan at Loyola and the resignation of Mike Hermann at Towson. Here are some possible candidates that might replace Yow:
Jeff Hathaway, Connecticut AD — A Maryland graduate who served as Lefty Driesell's team manager as an undergraduate, the 50-year-old Hathaway received an endorsement from Yow on Friday. Has also been the athletic director at Colorado State and currently serves on the men's NCAA tournament selection committee.
Neil Eskin, Connecticut senior associate AD — Another Maryland graduate who followed a career path similar toHathaway's -- including serving as a basketball team manager for Driesel and working for Lew Perkins -- Eskin is highly regarded and might be ready to take over his own department.
Dan Gavitt, head of basketball operations for the Big East —The son of legendary Big East founder Dave Gavitt, he is a former AD at Bryant in Rhode Island. His father's relationship with Gary Williams could at least get the younger Gavitt an interview at Maryland.
Rob Mullens, deputy AD at Kentucky — Mullens spent six years working under Yow at Maryland and has gained experience in Lexington over the past seven years. He was recently a finalist for the AD job at West Virginia.
An earlier version of this article misidentified Towson's former athletic director. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.