FSU Athletic Director listed as candidate for SEC job

FSU Athletic Director listed as candidate for SEC job

Florida State Athletics seems to be moving in a positive direction. Not only on the football field, but in many other sports as well. Many of this can be attributed in part to Michael Alford, the Athletic Director. Alford was previously the CEO and President for Seminole Boosters.

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On Monday, Action Network’s Brett McMurphy reported that Alford is an early candidate for the open Mississippi State Athletic Director position. McMurphy also mentioned Georgia Southern AD Jared Benko and Mississippi State deputy AD Eric George. Eastern Michigan AD Scott Wetherbee and San Diego State AD John David Wicker.

The Bulldogs previous AD, John Cohen is currently being hired by Auburn. Bryan Harson, the Tigers’ head coach, was fired earlier Monday.

Alford is a former student-athlete at Mississippi State. After graduating from high school, Alford signed with the Bulldogs and played one season of collegiate ball before transferring to UAB to complete his career. Alford earned his bachelor’s degree from UAB in 1993 and his master’s from Arkansas in 1995.

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During his 26 years in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports, Alford has held positions with the Dallas Cowboys, the University of Alabama, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Southern California, the Cincinnati Bengals and was Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at Central Michigan University from 2017-2020.

While he was President and CEO of the Seminole Boosters, Alford’s leadership helped the organization add over 2,000 new annual members, raised $15 million towards a new football operations center bringing the total commitments to over $55 million, and conceived and launched concepts to dramatically improve the fan experience at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Alford signed a five year/$5 million contract with Florida State in December 2021. He’s also been able to hire new coaches for the Seminoles’ baseball, soccer, and women’s basketball programs (Brooke Wyckoff), among other feats.

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