Northwestern athletic director Mike Polisky announced Wednesday nighttime via press launch that he has resigned from his new role and could leave Northwestern altogether after serving as Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs for a decade.
Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune first broke the information.
After Polisky was named Jim Phillips’ replacement 10 days ago, some of students, school and alumni responded in outrage. Polisky, in addition to the University, turned into one in all 4 defendants named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed via a Northwestern cheerleader in December, who alleged that he accused her of fabricating evidence and did no longer fulfil his obligation as a mandated reporter underneath the college’s Title IX policy.
Last Friday, faculty prepared a protest at President Morton Schapiro’s house, demanding that the college reconsider their decision and put off Polisky from his submit. Wednesday morning, some of alumni, college and donors responded with a letter to the Board of Trustees backing Polisky.
Just hours later, Polisky and the Northwestern athletic branch officially introduced his resignation.
“Today, I informed President Schapiro of my selection to step down as Northwestern’s Director of Athletics and go away Northwestern University,” he wrote in a press release. “Over the last 10 days, it has emerge as clean to me that the contemporary demanding situations will not permit me to effectively lead our department, mainly at some stage in those unsettling times in college athletics. My love and respect for Northwestern and for our scholar-athletes, coaches and staff, is greater than my very own preference to lead the branch. I do now not want to be a distraction to our first-rate males and females as they pursue a collective purpose – to help our student-athletes become the great they can be. While my family and I are dissatisfied, I move ahead understanding this is the right selection.”
Polisky or Schapiro never addressed the media over the direction of the 10 days. During his short time as athletic director, Polisky’s one fantastic choice become the hiring of latest Northwestern men’s football coach Russell Payne.
Schapiro announced through press launch that he has decided on a person from outside the athletic branch to lead on an intervening time basis. Linguistics professor Robert Gundlach, the school athletics consultant to the NCAA and Big Ten, will maintain the interim function as he did in 2008 all through some other transition length for the department. In addition to his position as a professor, Gundlach has served on numerous NCAA committees.
There is not any clean cut-off date or timetable set for while the following athletic director might be announced, with the legitimate release simplest mentioning that information on the choice process might be shared within the coming months.