Wednesday May 11th, 2016

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Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle is leaving the school to take a position at the University of Minnesota, the university’s senior vice president for public affairs Kevin Quinn announced on Wednesday. 

“Mark Coyle has informed the university that for family reasons he is leaving the university for a position at Minnesota,” Quinn said. “We wish him well.”

Coyle spent less than a year at Syracuse. He served as associate athletic director for external relations at Minnesota from 2001 to 2005. On Wednesday, Minnesota announced Coyle as a finalist for the university's open athletic director position.

Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim called the news of Coyle’s departure “shocking.”

Syracuse hired Coyle in June of last year to replace Daryl Gross, who served as the school’s athletic director from 2005 to 2010.

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