Doug Woolard out as USF's AD
Doug Woolard is being replaced as the University of South Florida athletic director, but he will be allowed to remain at the school in an unspecified role until his contract expires next year, sources said.
The decision to replace Woolard of his duties was because of "wide-ranging dissatisfaction" with the Bulls football and men's basketball programs, according to sources.
The school will immediately begin a search for another athletic director, sources said.
Once a new AD is hired, Woolard, 62, will remain with South Florida in an unspecified role through the end of his contract, which expires June 30, 2015, sources said.
Woolard did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Woolard came to USF in 2004 after 10 years at Saint Louis. In his nine-plus years with the Bulls, his major hires were football coaches Skip Holtz and Willie Taggart and men's basketball coach Stan Heath. In three seasons at USF, Holtz was 16-21, including 4-16 in his last 20 games. In 2011, Woolard gave Holtz a contract extension after going 5-7 -- and then fired him a year later. Taggart was 2-10 in last year's debut season. In seven seasons at USF, Heath is 95-117.
In 2007, USF's actual average home football attendance was a school-record 44,716 per game, according to the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates Raymond James Stadium. Since then, USF's actual attendance dwindled to 20,379 in 2013, the school's second-lowest average since the Bulls joined a Division I conference in 2003.
In 2004, Woolard was among four finalists to replace former athletic director Lee Roy Selmon. The others candidates were current Virginia senior associate AD Jon Oliver, current Michigan State AD Mark Hollis and former Florida State AD Randy Spetman.
Oliver was initially offered the USF job, but withdrew at the last minute after a search firm uncovered legal problems in his past. USF then settled on Woolard, who was hired a few days later.
In 2012, Woolard signed a three-year extension with USF that pays him more than $700,000 a year.