North Dakota State Bison football has been the cinderella of college football over the last few years, even getting the famed ESPN College GameDay treatment this last year. That raised profile and more has led NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor to the greener pastures of the University of Iowa.
The AP is reporting that the Bison AD has accepted the deputy director of athletics position at the University of Iowa after 13 years at the Fargo, ND school.
Taylor is a rising star in the world of athletic administration, having led the Bison athletic program through a very successful transition to the Division I level. Under his direction the Bison won three Football Championship Subdivision titles and the men’s basketball program has made two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
It has been a year of transition for the Bison’s program in general, as football head coach Craig Bohl took the head coaching job at the University of Wyoming and men’s basketball coach left for Ohio University.
Taylor will be working under the direction of Iowa AD Gary Barta, who has been at the helm of the Hawkeyes athletic department since August of 2006. According to the AP report, the deputy athletic director position is a new one and Taylor will be charge of the day-to-day operations of the department.