Creighton hires Holy Cross’ Blossom as new AD

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OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton has employed Marcus Blossom away from Holy Cross to be its new athletic director.

Blossom replaces Bruce Rasmussen, the Bluejays’ longtime athletic director who retired this summer season.

Blossom was Holy Cross’ athletic director for 2 years after spending 5 years at Boston Faculty as senior affiliate athletic director for enterprise and administration.

“It is arduous to comprise simply how excited I’m to hitch such an unimaginable program,” Blossom mentioned Monday. “Creighton would not simply compete on the highest ranges within the Massive East and nationally, it does so the appropriate means, by no means forgetting its priorities, values, dedication to neighborhood, and most vital, the expansion of student-athletes and the whole thing of their expertise.”

Rasmussen, 70, introduced his retirement on July 19, a couple of month after he and the varsity had been sanctioned by the NCAA for the one main guidelines violation of his tenure.

The NCAA discovered {that a} former assistant basketball coach accepted money from a administration company. Rasmussen carried out his personal investigation into the matter however saved the findings non-public till the FBI launched particulars of a corruption scandal that concerned a number of big-name colleges.

The NCAA put the Creighton males’s basketball program on two years’ probation, and the Bluejays had been docked scholarships and given recruiting restrictions, amongst different penalties.

The Bluejays had their greatest season beneath coach Greg McDermott, going 22-9 and ending second within the Massive East earlier than advancing to the Candy 16 for the primary time since 1974.

Blossom, who’s Black, was employed 5 months after McDermott created a firestorm for twice utilizing the time period “plantation” whereas urging workforce unity throughout a locker room discuss after a loss.

Gamers publicly mentioned they had been upset by the analogy, which was evocative of slavery and the antebellum South. McDermott apologized and was reinstated in time to educate within the Massive East match.