Pitt names Barnes new athletic director

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The University of Pittsburgh has named
Scott Barnes its new athletic director.

He replaces Steve Pederson, who parted ways with the school in December, on
the same day Pittsburgh announced that football coach Paul Chryst was leaving
to fill the opening at Wisconsin.

Barnes comes to Pitt after spending the previous seven years at Utah State. He
has 26 years of administrative experience at the collegiate level and recently
served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

“Athletics play an important role in the life of the University,” said Pitt
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, “and in Scott Barnes we have found a person who
understands the role that athletics play and who also recognizes the primacy
of academics. Scott clearly shares our belief that we should pursue excellence
in all that we do and that a student can be good in both athletics and
academics.”

During his tenure at Utah State, the Aggies’ football team averaged 10 wins a
year over the past three seasons. Utah State won 20 conference team
championships under his watch and the school had an 87 percent graduation
success rate. Utah State student-athletes earned a cumulative 3.17 grade-point
average during the 2013-14 academic year.