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Mark Murphy’s name emerges in Stanford A.D. rumor mill


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*.

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9 Responses to “Mark Murphy’s name emerges in Stanford A.D. rumor mill”
  1. muskyhunter2542 says: May 21, 2012 3:23 PM

    Should he bolt, I caould see Andrew Brandt’s name thrown around… Along with Mike Reinfeldt in that mix as well.

  2. pack15forever says: May 21, 2012 3:24 PM

    If you go don’t let the door hit you in the a**

  3. mvp43 says: May 21, 2012 3:25 PM

    Isn’t that the Mad Magazine guy?

  4. elroyjetsson says: May 21, 2012 3:44 PM

    He makes Letterman look like Brad Pitt

  5. stavreafavre says: May 21, 2012 4:20 PM

    Wouldn’t break my heart if he left. Just seems to have a little “Eau de Weasel” about him. Maybe it’s just that he seems like another generic suit. I don’t know if anyone could have successfully followed Bob Harlan. He was a really decent guy. No, that’s not enough. He was a great man.

  6. h0c2000 says: May 21, 2012 7:00 PM

    A face only a mother could love.

  7. dd393 says: May 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    Another made up story by some hack writer trying to get some publicity for himself.

  8. toolkien says: May 21, 2012 7:31 PM

    Should he bolt, I caould see Andrew Brandt’s name thrown around… Along with Mike Reinfeldt in that mix as well.


    Well, I don’t think Brandt and Thompson exactly like each other, and Brandt was subordinate to Thompson just a few years ago, so I don’t see the Packers suddenly bringing him back to be over Thompson makes much sense, regardless of what they think of each other.

    Reinfeldt is more plausible as he is the one who talked Wolf into giving Thompson his start, and the are old roommates from their Oiler days.

  9. packerfanfordecades says: May 21, 2012 11:36 PM

    There are too many earth quake vulnerabilities in California. Didn’t one of the 2012 movie characters make a comment that the family should consider moving back to Wisconsin?

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