In recent years, changes to the benefits packages have prompted some NFL assistant coaches to choose to take jobs at the college level. But few high-level NFL executives would ever walk away for an NCAA assignment.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy could be the rare exception to the rule.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Murphy’s name has “popped up in the rumor mill” for the soon-to-be-vacant athletic director’s position at Stanford.
It’s unclear whether FitzGerald bases that observation only on the fact that Murphy reportedly tried to get the job in 2006, or whether he has shown more recent interest in the position.
Murphy has served as A.D. at Colgate and Northwestern. He became Packers president and CEO in 2007.
West Virginia A.D. Oliver Luck, the father of former Stanford quarterback and current Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, had been linked to the job, too. Oliver Luck reportedly told the WVU administration last week that he’s staying put.
It would be a shock if Murphy doesn’t do the same thing. Especially if they offer him a few hundred more shares of stock*.