Tulsa University athletic director Bubba Cunningham and Notre Dame deputy AD Bill Scholl were the two finalists sent to Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little by the search committee she appointed, multiple sources said.
None of the sources was under the impression that more than two candidates were being interviewed by the chancellor.
That does not mean that either Cunningham or Scholl will be Lew Perkins’ successor. If the chancellor is not completely sold on either candidate, she could ask the search committee for more names, one source said.
Scholl’s name has stayed under the radar throughout the secretive search. He has worked in the athletic department for his alma mater for 21 years. In his second year as deputy AD after a promotion from senior associate AD, Scholl is involved in fundraising, marketing and ticket operations. The school’s website also detailed other duties that might have piqued the interest of the Kansas, a school looking to heighten its football profile.
His bio, in part, reads: “He works with the Irish football squad on a daily basis from an administrative standpoint, working in concert with athletics director Jack Swarbrick in that regard.”
Scholl, 53, is a 1979 graduate of Notre Dame.
Cunningham, one of the first names to surface, also graduated from Notre Dame, in 1984, and spent 15 years working for his alma mater’s athletic department, where he also received a master’s in business administration in 1988.
Before returning to his alma mater, Scholl worked five years in an advertising agency and two years raising money for the Special Olympics.
The timetable for naming a new athletic director, according to sources: when the chancellor is convinced she has found the right person for the job.