John Morris, right, CSU’s interim athletic director since August, is leaving the school to become athletic director at Tufts University.(Photo: David Zalubowski/The Associated Press)John Morris, CSU’s interim athletic director since August, is leaving to become AD at Tufts University, an NCAA Division III school in Medford, Massachusetts.Morris informed Colorado State University’s athletic department staff of his decision Thursday, volleyball coach Tom Hilbert said Friday.Morris will remain at CSU until a new athletic director is hired, school officials said. CSU President Tony Frank said recently that he was pleased with the quality of candidates who have applied for the AD job, and school spokesman Mike Hooker said Friday he expects the 21-member search committee and the national search firm it’s been working with to “wrap up its work within the next month.”Morris has been running the CSU athletic department since early August, when former AD Jack Graham was fired. He helped Frank hire new football coach Mike Bobo in December and has overseen the most successful run ever by the Rams’ four major sports programs.The football team went 10-3 and played in a bowl game for the second consecutive season, the volleyball team won a Mountain West championship and went 31-3, the men’s basketball team is 24-5 with two regular-season games remaining and the women’s basketball team is 21-6 and in first place in the MW, also with two regular-season games remaining.Morris was a candidate to become the Rams’ new athletic director, Frank said, and was expected to interview soon with the search committee, Hilbert said. CSU delayed the process of hiring a new AD until this spring, in part because of the confidence Frank and others had in Morris’ ability to handle the job on an interim basis. CSU has 16 varsity sports programs and an annual athletic budget of about $36 million.Many in the department considered him a strong candidate to land the job on a permanent basis.”I’m tremendously thankful to John for all that he’s accomplished at CSU during his time as both interim athletics director and deputy athletics … – Click Here To Visit Article Source