ORU AD withdraws name

Hemenway: Kansas nearing 'decision-time'

Scratch Oral Roberts athletic director Mike Carter from the list of possible candidates to fill the vacant AD position at Kansas University.

Carter, ORU’s athletic director since 1994, reportedly was on campus Friday to speak to KU officials about the position.

Early this morning, Carter told the Tulsa World he had withdrawn his name from consideration to replace Al Bohl.

One source indicated Saturday that Carter was KU’s pick to replace Bohl, leading to speculation.

Saturday night, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway would not talk about any specific candidates.

“We obviously have talked to several people in this process, and I do think it’s fair to say we are coming closer to decision-time, but we have not chosen an athletic director yet,” Hemenway said. “I can say unequivocally an athletic director has not been chosen. We have not reached a final understanding with anybody. We are making progress in the search.”

Several other names have been mentioned as replacements for Bohl, including: St. Louis athletic director Doug Woolard, Idaho AD Mike Bohn, Washington senior associate AD Gary Barta, Texas Christian AD Eric Hyman and UCLA associate AD Betsy Stephenson, along with in-house candidates Richard Konzem, KU senior associate athletic director, and Kansas associate AD John Hadl.

Carter, a 1970 Oklahoma State graduate, was working as a lawyer with no previous AD experience when he took the ORU position Nov. 7, 1994. He engineered the Eagles’ entry into the Mid-Continent Conference in 1997. Carter worked at ORU the final three years of new KU coach Bill Self’s reign as ORU basketball coach. It is believed KU football coach Mark Mangino also knows Carter, who was born in Pawhuska, Okla.