Miami hires Blake James as AD

Blake James is now officially Miami's athletic director, after serving the past three months as interim AD.

The school announced the promotion Friday in a news release.

"Blake James has proven that he has the experience, skills, leadership and especially the love for the university that we need in athletics," Miami President Donna E. Shalala said in a statement.

James is in his third year at Miami, and previously served as senior associate athletic director. He began his career at Miami, working in ticket sales, corporate sales and athletics development while in graduate school at St. Thomas University.

"I’m honored to be named the director of athletics here at the University of Miami," James said in a statement. "I want to thank President Shalala and the board of trustees for the opportunity as we continue to move forward through these difficult times. We have assembled a great athletics staff with tremendous head coaches and I am grateful to be a Miami Hurricane."