No Contract Renewal for USM AD Jeff Hammond - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

No Contract Renewal for USM AD Jeff Hammond

Posted: Updated:

USM President Rodney Bennett says he will not renew Major General Jeff Hammond's one-year contract as the university's athletic director.

"I personally like General Hammond and respect him as a USM alum. However, I have decided not to renew his contract."

When Hammond's contract expires on June 30, current deputy director of athletics Jeremy McClain will step in as interim AD.

Bennett hopes to fill the position by August 31.

"While I have not yet pre-determined who our next athletics director will be, because of my contacts in athletics, I know of several highly qualified individuals from around the country who I hope and suspect will apply."

Bob Beaudine, President and CEO of Eastman and Beaudine, heads up the search process.

Former University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley will assist in the search.

Bennett explains why he's going in a different direction.

"It is important to me to hire my own executive staff in certain high profile areas and assemble my own leadership team."

Despite wanting to hire his own personnel, Bennett says he has extended an undisclosed opportunity for Hammond to continue serving USM in other capacities, an offer Bennett says he hopes Hammond accepts.

As for the interim AD, McClain's plan of attack does not change much while he carries out Hammond's duties.

"I'm honored that the administration has faith in me to kind of bridge the gap, and so it doesn't change a lot from day to day stand point with what we're doing. It's just a matter of making sure we kind of keep things moving forward because we understand it's a transition."

Bennett says McClain is not a candidate for the position on a permanent basis.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Oak Grove Football Team Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Oak Grove Football Team Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:49:37 GMT
    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral movement taking over social media, and spreading ALS awareness across the country.Wednesday it was the Oak Grove football team's turn to take a bath in the sub-freezing temperatures.The Warriors were actually not challenged by any one person, team or institution - it was an idea that originated from offensive line coach and run game coordinator Drew Causey.Head coach Nevil Barr quickly hopped on board."You know ALS is something that we need to find a cure f...
    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral movement taking over social media, and spreading ALS awareness across the country.Wednesday it was the Oak Grove football team's turn to take a bath in the sub-freezing temperatures.The Warriors were actually not challenged by any one person, team or institution - it was an idea that originated from offensive line coach and run game coordinator Drew Causey.Head coach Nevil Barr quickly hopped on board."You know ALS is something that we need to find a cure f...
  • Ex-teacher charged with sex crimes

    Ex-teacher charged with sex crimes

    A former St. Patrick High School teacher has been charged with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
    A former St. Patrick High School teacher has been charged with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
  • SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

    SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:40:26 GMT
    8 of the 27 who were arrested... CLICK IN PHOTO GALLERY FOR ALL IMAGES8 of the 27 who were arrested... CLICK IN PHOTO GALLERY FOR ALL IMAGES
    A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
    A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.