Nearly three months after firing their long-time CEO John Junker in the wake of what was an egregious scandal involving impermissible donations to state politicians and questionable spending, the Fiesta Bowl is looking to start over with a new executive officer.
Sources close to the decision have told the Arizona Republic that University of Arizona president Robert Shelton will be named the bowl’s new executive director shortly and will begin his new job sometime this summer.
“Robert is a man of integrity and his university experience means he understands what college football is all about,” said BCS executive director Bill Hancock. “I have not been given the official word he is the choice of the Fiesta Bowl. But if it does come to pass, it would be a smart hire by the Fiesta Bowl.”
Shelton, in addition to his state ties to the bowl game, is also a member of the presidential oversight committee for the BCS. So, suffice it to say that Shelton knows his way around the BCS.
I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.
UPDATED 11:57 a.m ET: The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that Shelton has resigned from his post at UA and will take the job with the Fiesta Bowl.