We’ve heard rumblings for a few days now and Michigan State confirmed the news earlier this week as the school hired Alan Haller as its new athletic director. He previously served as Deputy Athletic Director in East Lansing for the last few years.
The administration had the following to say about the hire:
“Alan is a remarkable leader and an accomplished and well-rounded administrator who has been instrumental in setting up MSU Athletics for continued success,” said Dianne Byrum, chairperson of the MSU Board of Trustees. “Our nationwide search led us back home to a leader who is steadfastly committed to the success of our institution and its student-athletes. I have full confidence that Alan will continue to move MSU Athletics forward with a vision that focuses on student success, competitive excellence and integrity in all that we do.”
Realistically, this hire won’t change much for Spartan basketball. Haller was already with the department and Tom Izzo is certainly well established as the program’s head man. However, with an aging Izzo and a changing landscape, there is some chance he will be the man to hire Izzo’s replacement. We’ll have to wait and see.
You can see the full release here.