On Monday, we brought you word of a report linking Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy to the Stanford athletic director’s job.
The job will open up next month when Bob Bowlsby leaves to become commissioner of the Big 12. Murphy was a candidate for the job when Bowlsby took it in 2006, but wound up in the Packers position the next year. There was nothing in the report that suggested Murphy has actually spoken to Stanford about the job or even that there was reason to link him to the position beyond the previous interest.
It doesn’t seem like any will be forthcoming, either. Murphy was on his way to NFL meetings on Monday, but a team spokesman denied that he’s in the mix for the Palo Alto job.
“That’s simply speculation,” a Packers spokesman said, via Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “There’s no basis to it.”
Murphy has experience as a collegiate athletic director, but it sounds like he’s sticking to the professional ranks at the moment.