Duke's Mike Cragg interviews for vacant Rice AD post

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

Longtime Duke athletics’ administrator Mike Cragg has interviewed for the athletic director job at Rice University and remains a candidate there.

Cragg, a Duke employee since 1987, was in Houston to interview for the job last week.

His candidacy was first reported by the Houston Chronicle on Saturday and was confirmed by sources at Duke.

Rice is seeking a replacement for Rick Greenspan, who resigned June 30.

The 48-year-old Cragg, a deputy director of athletics at Duke, oversees the men’s basketball program and facilities. He is playing a key role in the athletic department’s portion of the Duke Forward program, which is raising funds for capital projects and improvements campus-wide.

Duke is raising $250 million for athletic department endowments and upgrades which will result in a massive renovation of Wallace Wade Stadium, improvements to Cameron Indoor Stadium and the construction of a new track and field stadium, among other projects.

A 1986 graduate of the University of Washington, Cragg was the school’s director of media relations for 10 years.

In 2000, he helped found the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund, which has raised $65 million and completed an endowment that included more than $35 million in gifts.

Rice, a member of Conference USA, aims to hire its new athletics director early this month.