Who she is: Interim athletic director, Arizona
How long: Barnes, 38, was named interim AD on Monday, but has been with the athletic department in various capacities since 2005.
Why she fits: Barnes, like Francis, rose from the marketing department to one of Byrne’s most trusted associates. She is a noted fundraiser and communicator who works well with the department’s largest donors. That she’s a Wildcat — Barnes played softball at the UA from 1997-2001, and is married to former Arizona golfer Andy Barnes — doesn’t hurt, either.
Why she doesn’t: Barnes has no athletic director experience.
Notable: Barnes interned at Ch. 4 and with Fox Sports after college, and spent years as Brian Jeffries’ color analyst on UA softball radio broadcasts.