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Is Packers president looking to get out?

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Whenever the phrase "rumor mill" is used in a story about job searches, there's reason to be skeptical. However, the San Francisco Chronicle's report today that Packers president Mark Murphy could be a candidate for the athletic director job at Stanford University makes some sense. A source told the Press-Gazette this morning that Murphy tried to get the Stanford AD job in 2006. That's when the California school hired Bob Bowlsby, who will leave the job to become the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference on June 15. Before being hired by the Packers on Dec. 3, 2007, Murphy worked in college athletic administration for 16 years. He was the athletic director at Northwestern from 2003-07 and at his alma mater, Colgate, from 1992-2003. That followed an eight-year playing career in the NFL and stints as a trial attorney and as an assistant executive director with the NFL Players Association. Murphy gave the commencement address at Colgate yesterday. A message left with his spokesman, Aaron Popkey, has not yet been returned. UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Popkey returned a message and made a statement on Murphy's behalf. "It's simply speculation," he said. "There's no basis to it." Murphy was on his way to Atlanta for the NFL spring meetings this week. It's very possible there's nothing to the report, and Murphy should be taken at Popkey's word. However, if Murphy is pursuing the job or if Stanford is pursuing him, he certainly wouldn't say so at this point.  

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