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Athletics Director Rick Greenspan leaving Rice University

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FOX 26 Sports has learned athletics director Rick Greenspan has informed Rice University he is leaving the school.

Sources with knowledge of Greenspan's situation told FOX 26 he has been presented with "several intriguing possibilities" that he will he make a decision on in the next couple of weeks.

Greenspan took over the Rice athletics department on March 12, 2010.

The key events that occurred on his watch include the school's Board of Trustees approved a $44.5 million proposal to build a new two-story football facility at the south end of Rice Stadium.

The 80,000 square foot facility will be home to the Owls locker rooms, training area, Rice Athletic Hall of Fame and a sports medicine center.

Last month Greenspan saw Rice break ground on a new tennis facility, which includes 14 courts, coaches offices and locker rooms.

Owls teams continued to have success on Greenspan's watch with the football team earning its second bowl game victory since 1954 with a win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl in December and with the Owls baseball team once again in the NCAA Tournament before losing in the Super Regional.

The Rice Owls women's teams won Conference USA championships in tennis, soccer and swimming.

During Greenspan's tenure at Rice a former Owls assistant basketball coach and two former Owls basketball players made allegations of discrimination against him.

Greenspan said there was no truth to the allegations and an internal review conducted by the school found no evidence to support the allegations.

Prior to joining Rice Greenspan was the athletics director at Indiana from 2004-2008, when Hoosiers won eight individual or team national championships.

Rice Athletics confirmed the move in a release on Thursday. They announced  that he is leaving the university June 30 to expand his consulting business and explore other professional opportunities that have been presented to him. In the announced Greenspan says,  "My experience at Rice has been both rewarding and challenging and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this exceptional institution. I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity and transparency."  

Before joining Indiana Greenspan was the director of intercollegiate athletics at West Point from 1999-2004.


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