Grambling State’s athletic department has been without a permanent athletic director since the school fired Aaron James in July 2014.

Shortly after being named the school’s president in June 2015, Willie Larkin began the search for a new permanent AD.

But in a letter dated Friday, Feb. 12, Larkin announced the university was suspending its search for a new AD due the crippling budget crisis facing the State of Louisiana.

“I cannot in good conscience proceed with the search process,” Larkin wrote. “Because of the critical nature of the financial crisis in the State of Louisiana, we will delay our process until we can see a clear way forward.”

In less than a week, it now appears that clear way forward can be seen once again.

Larkin, in a letter published on the university website early Friday, announced the search for a permanent AD is on again.

February 18, 2016

RE: Search for Athletics Director at Grambling State University

I have heard your resounding sentiments and enthusiasm regarding the search for the permanent Athletics Director for our university.

Acknowledging Grambling State University’s legacy of excellence in athletics and the significance of our athletic programs to the survival of our great institution, I stand in agreement with you that we are much better served if we indeed continue the search for a permanent director of athletics.

Again, our core value of shared governance empowers us to partner, and collaboratively guarantee that the vitality of our institution remains intact.

As a result, we will move forward with high expectations of hiring the best candidate to lead and advance our athletic programs.

With Great Enthusiasm and a Steadfast Commitment to Excellence,

Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.

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