George Washington Athletic Director Jack Kvancz to Step Down

No NameContributor IIIFebruary 20, 2011

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 15:  Head coach Karl Hobbs of the George Washington Colonials looks on during the round one game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Arco Arena on March 15, 2007 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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In an unexpected turn of events, George Washington University Athletic Director Jack Kvancz announced late Thursday evening that he would be stepping down from his position in June. According to The Washington Post, Kvancz will retire from day-to-day operations but stay on as a special adviser to the University.

Under Kvancz's watch, George Washington has qualified for six Men's NCAA Tournaments, including two Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championships in 2005 and 2007. During his tenure at GW, Kvancz has also served on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and as president of the Atlantic 10 Conference Athletic Directors.

Who will fill his shoes? A committee will be established in order to perform a comprehensive review of the school's athletic programs and will be headed by none other than 1977 GW graduate and New York Yankees President Randy Levine. Levine's presence will undoubtedly bring a unique and professional perspective to the table as the University proceeds forward.

What does this mean for Colonials basketball? GW fans can only hope that Levine's critique and a new Athletic Director will help to make George Washington more competitive in the Atlantic 10 after a recent drop-off in the last several years. A big question at hand will be the job security of Head Coach Karl Hobbs, who has recently been under a great deal of fire for the lackluster seasons following the 2005-2006 magical season in which GW surged to a No. 6 ranking in the nation and finished No. 19. Under Hobbs, the Colonials have not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.