Colorado names Rick George as new athletic director

The Rangers president of business operation Rick George has resigned his position with Texas and has been named the University of Colorado athletic director.

According to CBS Sports, George was announced as the Buffaloes new athletic director on July 17. He will replace Mike Bohn who grabbed spring headlines in his controversial departure.

George will have a lot of work to accomplish in the coming years in order to help Colorado return to prominence. In 2012, the Buffaloes went 1-11 and were considered one of the worst teams in the Pac-12. This, however, wasn’t the beginning of the Mile High issues.

2007 was the last time Colorado reached a bowl game under second year head coach Dan Hawkins. Since then, the Buffaloes have struggled finishing progressively worse in their final three years in the Big 12.

George’s work with the Rangers has been a major reason the team has soared to prominence in the last few years and now university officials are hoping he can continue this success in Colorado.

In a statement posted on the Colorado athletic website, Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said, “I am delighted that Rick has accepted our offer to lead our athletic department.” He added, “Rick’s financial and management acumen, his networking and relationship development skills, and his enthusiasm, work ethic and principled leadership all make him the ideal leader for CU athletics at this important and challenging moment in out history.”

It’s no secret Colorado will have a lot of rebuilding to do, however, only time will tell if George will be the right candidate to return the Buffaloes to the top of the Pac-12.