Hill withdraws decision to apply for Clemson position

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.

Mike Hill has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the soon to be available Clemson athletic director job.

The executive associate athletic director for the University Athletic Association told The Sun Saturday morning that he made the decision after interviews because, “I’ve been here at Florida for 20 years. I feel like this is where I belong.”

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips recently announced that he will retire before his contract runs out in July of 2013, sparking a national search for his replacement.

Hill is considered one of the up-and-coming executives in college athletics and was promoted to his current position when Greg McGarity of the UAA left to be the athletic director at Georgia in August of 2010 after 18 years at UF.

Hill also grew up in Clemson, S.C.

“They’re really good people,” said Hill. “The process is playing out. But I’m staying at Florida.”

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