Murray State's athletic director, Kevin Saal, will be the new athletic director at Wichita State. Wichita State president, Rick Muma, announced yesterday that Saal would take over in mid-July. Saal, a 44 year old Kansas native, will replace Darren Boatright, who was fired in May. Boatright had previously served as assistant athletic director at Murray State.
Murray State's president, Bob Jackson, released the following statement.
"We extend our best wishes to Kevin, his wife Jennifer and their family. In the coming days, we will announce an interim athletic director and initiate a search process. Murray State University has a storied, successful, nationally-recognized athletics history and brand. We continue to see significant momentum and an upward trajectory across numerous facets of our institution. This is an exciting time for Murray State University and Racer Athletics, particularly as we embark on our new relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference beginning this summer and the Missouri Valley Football Conference in July 2023."
The last time the Racers needed an interim athletic director, back in 2018, they went with Velvet Milkman, who was the women's golf coach at the time. Milkman, a legend at MSU, retired last month. If she would be willing to serve as interim athletic director again, she would be a logical choice for the position. Of course, they could just select her to be the new athletic director.