Packers say no basis to talk of Mark Murphy leaving team

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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.

7 responses to “Packers say no basis to talk of Mark Murphy leaving team

  1. I don’t know many Packer fans that complain about the job he is doing, in fact I don’t think I have ever heard any complaints.

    He truly understand the community and what the Packers mean to that little town up there in Wisconsin. I would only wish him the best if he moved on since I don’t think he has given us any less. I just don’t see him leaving. He still has that enthusiasm or appears to every time he is talking Packers.

  2. Why leave…he is basically the owner of the packers….and did not have to spend a dime

  3. Seriously? You’re asking the team president to sign your cheese hat? Have some self-respect.


    What’s the problem with that? The Packers were a backward franchise being run by townies once Lambeau was dispatched in 1949, except for the period when Lombardi ran the show. That is until Bob Harlan was hired to be President. Any good Packer fan knows this. It was Harlan who began making over the Packers from one of the worst franchises in the NFL to one of the best. He made enough changes in just two years to entice Ron Wolf to take the GM job the second time it was offered, and the rest is obvious. In the 5 years since Harlan stepped down and Murphy took over, he hasn’t screwed things up and the Packers are the best team in the league over the last three years. How much Murphy should get the credit is up for debate, but recognizing the guy at the top of the operation of one of the most successful franchises isn’t anything to be embarrassed about.

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