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Creighton hires Marcus Blossom of Holy Cross as new AD

OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton hired Marcus Blossom away from Holy Cross to be his new athletic director.

Blossom replaces Bruce Rasmussen, longtime Bluejays athletic director who retired this summer.

Blossom served as Holy Cross’s athletic director for two years after spending five years at Boston College as a senior associate athletic director for business and administration.

“It’s hard to contain how excited I am to join such an amazing program,” Blossom said Monday. “Creighton doesn’t just compete at the highest level in the Grand Est and nationally, he does it the right way, never forgetting his priorities, his values, his commitment to the community and most importantly. , the growth of student-athletes and their overall experience. “

Rasmussen, 70, announced his retirement on July 19, about a month after he and the school were sanctioned by the NCAA for the only major rule violation in his tenure.

The NCAA discovered that a former assistant basketball coach had accepted money from a management agency. Rasmussen conducted his own investigation into the case, but kept the findings private until the FBI released details of a corruption scandal involving several high-profile schools.

The NCAA put Creighton’s men’s basketball program on two-year probation, and the Bluejays received scholarships and recruiting restrictions, among other penalties.

The Bluejays had their best season under coach Greg McDermott, going 22-9 and finishing second in the Big East before moving to Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.

Blossom, who is Black, was hired five months after McDermott created a firestorm twice using the term “plantation” while urging the team to unity during a locker room discussion after a defeat.

The players declared themselves publicly upset by the analogy, which evoked slavery and the prewar South. McDermott apologized and was reinstated in time to coach in the Big East tournament.