The deputy athletic director at the University of Utah, who last week was named athletic director at Montana State University, has backed out of the job.
MSU President Waded Cruzado said Kyle Brennan told her Monday that taking the job "didn't feel right."
Brennan issued a statement Tuesday saying that soon after accepting the job at MSU he realized he didn't want to leave Utah, where his wife also works as academic coordinator for the football team. He says other concerns were finances and the top-flight medical care available for his son in Salt Lake City. His statement is below.
Brennan was introduced on May 2 as the successor to Peter Fields, whose contract wasn't renewed after 14 years.
Cruzado said it would be an understatement to say she was disappointed. She says the school will consider its options this week.
MSU interviewed five finalists for the position that pays $185,000 a year.
“Soon after accepting the position as athletics director at Montana State, I realized I did not want to leave the University of Utah. I am grateful to the administration at Montana State for offering me the job and I regret putting them in a bad situation, but I realized this is the best place for my family. In no way is this a reflection on Montana State, but rather a reflection on my position here at Utah.
“I did not make this decision lightly, but when I considered all of the factors, it became clear to me that staying here was in my family’s best interest. Among those factors were finances, my wife Beth’s job with the football team—which she very much enjoys—and the top-flight medical care available to our son Mac.
“The bottom line is we love University of Utah athletics and Salt Lake City and realized that this is where we want to be.”