Babb named interim athletics director

Davis Babb, associate director of athletics, has been appointed interim athletics director after current director Danny Morrison resigned today, said Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations.Babb, who has been working in his current position for 10 years, oversees all athletic fundraising activities for the university with an emphasis on major gifts for athletics, new facilities and capital improvements, according to the athletics Web site.

Chancellor Victor Boschini said Wednesday afternoon that the search for a new athletics director began today at 12:30 p.m., soon after Morrison announced his resignation.

Morrison is leaving the university to take over as team president for the Carolina Panthers.

The Associated Press reported early afternoon that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson hired Morrison on Wednesday. He’ll take over for Mark Richardson, who abruptly resigned a day earlier along with his brother Jon, who ran Bank of America Stadium.

Charlie Dayton, spokesman for the Carolina Panthers, said Richardson had a long relationship with Morrison, hailing back to the time Morrison played college basketball at Wofford College in South Carolina, Richardson’s and Morrison’s alma mater.

Dayton said Richardson and Morrison have worked with each other for nearly 40 years.

“There was a great deal of familiarity there,” Dayton said.

Morrison will oversee business operations and the stadium, Dayton said. Morrison will also represent the team in league matters, he said.

The Panthers’ offer to Morrison will not be disclosed, Dayton said.

Morrison will continue at TCU for the remainder of the month, according to a statement by the athletics department.

The 55-year-old Morrison’s first direct involvement with the Panthers came in 1995, when he was athletics director at Wofford College, the site of Carolina’s training camp. Morrison later became commissioner of the Southern Conference before going to TCU in 2005.

Morrison will run the day-to-day business operations of the franchise for Richardson,73, who is recovering from a heart transplant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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