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Connecticut Athletic Director Hathaway Retires Amid Department Evaluation

Jeff Hathaway retired after eight years as director of athletics at the University of Connecticut.

Hathaway’s department was the subject of an evaluation that focused on National Collegiate Athletic Association violations, declining academic performances and falling donations, the Associated Press reported.

Hathaway signed a separation agreement yesterday which calls for him to remain as a consultant to help with the transition period until Sept. 15. He then will be paid as much as $531,717 through Sept. 15, 2013, in addition to other benefits.

“After 20 years of being associated with UConn, I felt the time was right for me to pursue new challenges,” Hathaway said on the team’s website.

Paul McCarthy, senior associate director of athletics, will take over as director at the Storrs, Connecticut-based school until an interim replacement is named, said university President Susan Herbst on the website.

Hathaway was hired as athletic director in 2003, and saw the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams win national championships a year later. Last season, the men’s team won its third NCAA title, the women’s basketball team reached the Final Four, the Huskies football team got a Fiesta Bowl bid and the baseball team went to an NCAA super regional.

Herbst, in her first year as president, called for the evaluation of the athletic department after the basketball team was sanctioned for NCAA violations, academic scores among men’s basketball players declined and donations fell, AP said.

With Hathaway’s retirement, the evaluation was terminated, according to the separation agreement signed by Hathaway and Herbst. No information in the preliminary report will be disclosed.

“The university has had unprecedented success on the field, on the court and in the classroom for more than a decade and he has a great deal to be proud of during his tenure,” Herbst said. “I join so many others at the university in thanking him for his service and in wishing him well.”

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