Southeast to Begin Search for Athletic Director and Newly Approved Associate Athletic Director

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 9, 2008 – Due to prior National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) major violations and a new NCAA Notice of Allegations (NOA) concerning possible major violations with the men’s and women’s basketball programs received Oct. 6, 2008, by Southeast Missouri State University, the University has decided to make several changes in the operations of its intercollegiate athletics.

Athletic Director Don Kaverman, effective at 9 a.m., Oct. 9, 2008, has been relieved of his athletic director and all other duties and placed on administrative leave until Feb. 7, 2009, when his contract will end.

Cindy Gannon, associate athletic director, was appointed as the interim director until a new athletic director is appointed.

The search for a new athletic director and the newly approved and vacant associate athletic director for external affairs position will begin immediately and will be coordinated by William C. “Bill” Carr III, chief executive officer of Carr Sports Associates, Inc., of Gainesville, Fla.  Carr will be at Southeast October 22-23 to interview athletics boosters, coaches, faculty, staff, and students in preparation for a national search for a new athletic director.  Carr Sports Associates, Inc., conducted a review of the athletics program last spring after athletics was identified as one of the urgent areas to be addressed by the Board of Regents during the University’s strategic planning initiative.  It is expected the new director will be named by Jan. 1, 2009.

Interim Athletic Director Gannon has requested that she not be considered as a candidate for the director position.

In the spring of 2008, the University began reviewing information brought to its attention concerning potential violations of NCAA legislation in the men’s and women’s basketball programs.  Southeast conducted several interviews and thereafter contacted the NCAA Enforcement Staff.  Southeast and the NCAA subsequently conducted several joint interviews.  The inquiry resulted in the NOA in a letter received by the University on Oct. 6, 2008, from David Price, vice president of enforcement for the NCAA, that detailed specific allegations.

Responses to the NCAA inquiries must be filed with the NCAA Committee on Infractions no later than Jan. 2, 2009.  According to the NCAA letter, it is anticipated that the Committee on Infractions will consider Southeast’s response at either its Feb. 20-21, 2009, meeting in San Diego, or at its April 17-18, 2009, meeting in Indianapolis.