ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy writes today as part of his story on the Big East that Texas Rangers chief operating officer Rick George was a finalist for the Big East commissioner's job that ended up going to Mike Aresco. Here's part of McMurphy's story:
Aresco was named Big East commissioner on Aug. 13. However, less than a week before, he was not mentioned as a candidate in nearly 70 pages of documents sent to the league's search committee between June 15 and Aug. 6. The documents were obtained from two Big East universities by ESPN.
On Aug. 6, Rick George, chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers since 2010, and Mark Abbott, president of Major League Soccer since 2006, were listed as the only "finalist candidates." Both individuals interviewed that afternoon at Russell Reynolds Associates' offices in New York.
Besides George and Abbott, others who also interviewed, according to the documents, were Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations since 2006; Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of business; Dennis Robinson, Formula One Grand Prix COO since January; and Arlen Kantarian, former CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association.
George was hired by the Rangers in October 2010 after spending the previous two years as executive VP and COO of the PGA Tour. He's spent nearly 30 years as a sports executive on the professional and collegiate level.