The Florida State Seminoles hire Michael Alford as AD after courting Louisville’s ex Vince Tyra for the job.

Florida State appoints Michael Alford as its new athletic director on Thursday, with Seminoles change course after targeting Louisville AD Vince Tyra for the job.

Alford has served as president and chief executive officer of Seminole Boosters since 2020, accepting that job following his stint as sporting director at Center Michigan between 2017 and 2020. When Alford took the job with Seminole Boosters, many predicted that he would succeed David Coburn as sporting director.

However, when Coburn announced his retirement last week, new FSU president Richard McCullough targeted Tyra as the school’s top candidate. On Sunday, a source knowledgeable about the search told ESPN that Tyra had been offered the job and expected that he would become the next AD.

On Wednesday, the Louisville Board of Directors introduced a non-compete clause and announced the termination of Tyra’s contract for 30 days. Louisville spokesman John Karman confirmed Tyra had offered to resign, effective December 8, and that the university had accepted.

Louisville’s president, Neeli Bendapudi, also stepped down on Thursday to become president of Penn State University.

Uncertainty about what Tyra will do began to emerge Wednesday night, and it is unclear what events have unfolded in relation to the FSU offer. He did not return a message seeking comment.

On Thursday, the State of Florida went in a different direction – albeit in a direction many had predicted things would turn out. During his time at Seminole Boosters, Alford helped stabilize the relationship between the organization and athletics, with a new focus on fundraising and developing football-specific facilities.

Alford and coach Mike Norvell developed a strong relationship and the two worked closely on a new design plan for an independent football facility.

“Michael Alford’s experience and passion for Florida State University makes him an outstanding choice to lead the athletics department,” McCullough said in a statement. “Since arriving at FSU, he has made a tremendous impact and garnered the overwhelming support of the Florida State community. Most importantly, his commitment to student education and preparation. -Athlete success for life reflects Florida State University’s mission and values.”

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