Akron's next athletic director might already be on staff.
A source tells me that an early favorite to replace Mack Rhoades is Hunter Yurachek, Akron's executive senior associate athletic director.
I have talked with Yurachek a few times. He seemed like a good guy. He has made a favorable impression on many people at the university, as well. A few years ago, the university paid me for this blog. When Yurachek arrived, he asked me to market university apparel and events through the blog. Journalistically, I felt that the extra control would cramp me, but I understood his point. That's when Ohio.com stepped in took over.
My personal opinion is that Akron must conduct a national search. If Yurachek had local roots, it would be different because we could count on him staying longer than a term of Congress. If we are going to hire a transient, it might as well be the nation's finest transient. In the end, that might end up being Yurachek anyhow. Due diligence requires Luis Proenza to find out for sure.