According to industry sources, Tom Bowen is a finalist for the Athletic Director job at the University of California and could be named to the position soon. The Cal search committee has said they would make a decision by late April.
The other finalist is interim AD Michael Williams, who has said he wants the job.
Bowen became the University of Memphis AD in 2012, following RC Johnson’s retirement. He has been credited with helping lead the turnaround of the Memphis football program, though he was not involved in the hiring of head coach Justin Fuente.
Bowen was previously the athletic director at San Jose State – and has spent most of his professional career in the Bay Area. One could hardly fault him for wanting the job.
This move, assuming it happens, comes at a precarious time for the University of Memphis. Head basketball coach Josh Pastner could be a candidate for the Arizona State coaching position, and Justin Fuente will presumably be highly sought after again after the upcoming football season.
Additionally, the UofM has been moving towards breaking ground on capital improvements to its athletic training facilities at South Campus – in particular new facilities for basketball and football.
Most importantly, the program is always trying to position itself for future conference realignment. The Tigers are currently members of the American Athletic Conference.
If and when Memphis administrators and boosters look to select a new AD, perhaps it would be wise to hire someone with deep connections in the Big 12 conference.
I wonder if Deloss Dodds (former Texas AD) is looking to get back into the game?
That’s a joke (Dodds is 75 years old), but you get the point.