Livengood stepping down as UNLV's athletic director

2013-05-08T11:20:00Z 2013-05-08T19:42:16Z Livengood stepping down as UNLV's athletic directorArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 08, 2013 11:20 am  • 

UNLV announced today that athletic director Jim Livengood is retiring.  

The Las Vegas Sun first reported the news this morning. UNLV confirmed the move in a news release issued around 11 a.m.

"With the academic year coming to an end, it's the time of year in this profession when you need to make these types of decisions about either going forward full-speed or making a change," Livengood said in a news release. "This has been something I have been contemplating for the past year. It's time I step aside and allow someone else to take the lead with the Rebels and keep moving forward. I've enjoyed my time in Las Vegas and I care deeply about UNLV, but it's the time in my life where my focus needs to be on my wife, kids, and grandkids. I've been blessed to be an athletics director for nearly three decades. You can't ask for much more than that in a career. And I'm proud to end my AD career as a Rebel."

Livengood, 68, was hired by UNLV in 2009 after 15 years at Arizona. Recently, the athletic director was working to move the Rebels' September home game against the UA moved to Glendale, which would have provided a financial boon for the Mountain West Conference school. A formal announcement was expected this week. It's unclear whether both schools will move ahead with the plan. 

During Livengood's tenure in Tucson, the Wildcats won an NCAA Championship in men's basketball, posted a 12-1 record in football and enjoyed unprecedented financial success. 

However, the athletic director was criticized for coach Lute Olson's awkward exit from the basketball program and made the decision to fire football coach Dick Tomey and replace him with John Mackovic and, later, Mike Stoops.

Livengood left shortly after hiring Xavier's Sean Miller to serve as Olson's permanent replacement. He is also responsible for hiring baseball coach Andy Lopez, who won the 2013 College World Series. 

Read more in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star. 

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