USA

Vanderbilt cuts at least 8 from athletics communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has laid off at least two people with six more forced to re-apply for their jobs as the Southeastern Conference’s lone private school works to merge its athletics communications department with the university’s main communications office.

The university said Wednesday in a statement released to The Associated Press that officials are continuously assessing the commitment to student-athletes, which includes improving how they communicate.

“We are more closely integrating athletics communications with the university’s overall communications efforts, reflecting the importance of athletics to the university’s mission,” Vanderbilt said in its statement.

Vanderbilt declined to comment Wednesday on the specific changes inside the department, if the university was making further cuts elsewhere or if these changes were related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andy Boggs, assistant director for athletic communications overseeing men’s basketball and golf, and Catherine Hilley, assistant director for athletic creative media, both were laid off Monday. Boggs was told in an email sent Monday that his position will be eliminated on Sept. 4.

A half-dozen others in athletics communications must re-apply for jobs with Vanderbilt. The final day in their current jobs will be Sept. 4 — the day before Vanderbilt’s football opener hosting Mercer.

Vanderbilt eliminated its athletic department in September 2003 in a move pitched as moving sports under the university’s central administration. That included the elimination of the athletic director position, then held by Todd Turner. Vanderbilt returned to using the athletic director title in July 2012.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Football news:

Hans-Dieter flick: Messi is by far the best player in the world in recent years. It cannot be compared with Levandovsky
Whether he can challenge the appointment of a Dutch referee for the match against city. If the English win, Ajax will be in the Champions League group
Bruno Fernandes: Winning the Europa League will be important for next season. Manchester United wants to win the Premier League
Leipzig midfielder Adams to PSG: we are confident
Keylor Navas may miss the match against Leipzig due to a hip injury
Chelsea plans to buy rice. West ham demand more than 80 million pounds for the prop
Dybala intends to stay in Juve, despite real's Interest. The player wants 15 million euros a year, Torino offer 10