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Update: Penn State Names Sandy Barbour Its New Athletics Director

Update: Penn State president Eric Barron officially announced the hiring of Barbour during a press conference today. Her tenure will officially begin on August 18.

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The terms of Barbour's contract were also released. Her contract will last five years at a base salary of $700,000 a year, plus incentives. 

Earlier: Penn State reportedly has its new athletics director. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, former Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour will assume the role.


— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 26, 2014

If this report is true, it is certainly an unexpected hire. Barbour stepped down as Cal's AD on June 27 after 10 years in Berkeley. Her tenure was not without some controversy, as there were issues surrounding debt in the athletic department and poor academic performance for football and basketball players. She did, however, receive praise for her ability to hire coaches -- she was the AD behind the basketball team hiring Cuonzo Martin and the football team hiring Sonny Dykes. The school also won 19 national championships in various sports during her tenure, and she was considered to be good at fundraising for the athletic department.

Penn State is expected to announce the hire sometime later today. The school began its search for a new AD in June, when its current athletics director, David Joyner, announced his intention to step down on August 1. Joyner assumed the role of AD during the Jerry Sandusky scandal in November of 2011.