The university’s new athletic director, Mike Phelan, has promised to “do everything possible to make the University of Creighton University a premier athletic program in the state of Kentucky.”
The university is expected to open its new facility in the spring of 2019.
Creighton is expected in the NCAA tournament.
The school has struggled to fill vacancies on the basketball team in recent years, but the new athletic directorship is expected to fill some of the vacancies.
In the year ending December 31, the school had a total of eight scholarship players in its roster, the highest figure since the school’s inception in 1996.
Creighton has been in the news for many reasons in recent months.
In August, the NCAA sanctioned the school for violating NCAA rules that prohibit discrimination in recruiting and academic admissions.
Earlier this month, the university was accused of using its recruiting resources to woo former University of Louisville basketball star Andrew Harrison out of the state.
The university was also fined $4.5 million for not allowing Harrison to live in the university’s dormitories during the NCAA’s investigation.
On Wednesday, the university announced the hiring of new AD John P. McDaniel.
McDaniel, who was the head coach of the University at Buffalo in 2013, has been with Creighton since 2012.
He was promoted from assistant to associate AD last summer after the university hired McDaniel’s predecessor, Tom Jurich.
“I am thrilled to join Creighton,” McDaniel said in a statement.
“I look forward to helping the university to accomplish its ambitious goals.”
McDonald’s hiring was welcomed by the school, as the former Buffalo basketball coach is an accomplished recruiter and has been an advocate for academic and athletic diversity in higher education.
While McDaniel was at Buffalo, the program was among the few to receive a $2.2 million extension from the NCAA, which set a new school record for extensions.
As of last Friday, Creighton had 12 scholarship players enrolled in the 2019-20 season.
Phelan’s hiring comes as a surprise.
In February, Creantown’s school district passed a resolution calling for Phelans hiring.
Last year, Pherans was one of the top recruiting targets for the University and its basketball program.
When he arrived in Creighton, the city of Creancyown was under fire for not holding the school accountable for racial disparities in its high school graduation rates.
At that time, Mayor Donny DeSantis said the school should have done more to address the situation.
This summer, DeSantis and the university announced a plan to hire an interim AD, which included hiring Phegans former assistant Mike Orens as the defensive coordinator.
A video posted on Creants Facebook page says that Oren’s hiring is expected sometime in the coming weeks.
Oren’s role with Creantown would be one of the biggest jobs on the coaching staff, according to the video.
More: Crean is a strong program, and I am excited to join the Creighton family, Oren said in the video on the schools Facebook page.
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