Mark Murphy, current President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, is reportedly interested in the Athletic Director job at the University of Stanford. The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to break the possibility of Murphy leaving Green Bay.
The job as the AD of Stanford became available when previous AD Bob Bowlsby took a job as commissioner of the Big 12. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette reported today that Murphy tried to get the Stanford athletic director job in 2006, but Bowlsby got the job.
While the idea of leaving one of the most successful franchises in the NFL for a college may seem like a step down, Murphy has a long and rich history with the college game.
The bigger question that needs to be answered is what is happening with the Packers’ front office?
With so many coaches and staff leaving this offseason (i.e. Joe Philbin, Reggie McKenzie, etc.), losing Murphy could be another tumultuous hit to Green Bay. It’s understandable that other teams or schools want to hire successful people, but at what point do the Packers need to pony-up some dough to keep these guys around?
Will Green Bay suffer in 2012 from these losses? Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly is much harder to bring in a new coach or a new CEO than it is to keep one that has been there for years.
Hopefully this is all just the work of rumors and nothing comes from it, but just in case, Green Bay might want to start lining up some other options.
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