Long time George Mason athletic director Tom O’Connor will be officially retiring this summer. Most saw this coming and despite the current state of the basketball program O’Connor’s accomplishments in Fairfax should not be forgotten. But change is coming and this is a big chance for new university president Dr. Angel Cabrera to win back the fan base. The school is looking to find a new AD “immediately”:
O’Connor steps aside June 30, remain at GMU for fundraising until Jan. School will "immediately begin recruiting new athletic director"
— Steven Goff (@GMUWashPost) March 25, 2014
A new AD usually means a new head coach isn’t far along. The new director wants his own people in there. I don’t think that means Paul Hewitt is out the door any time soon but I do think at the very least it means a new head coach starting in 2015-16. Barring some crazy unforeseen circumstances, I highly doubt a new AD will find it in the program’s best interests to stay the course and live out the rest of the five year contract.