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UNLV Athletic Director Livengood to retire

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Jim Livengood was hired as UNLV's athletic director in December 2009. (Photo provided by UNLV) Jim Livengood was hired as UNLV's athletic director in December 2009. (Photo provided by UNLV)

Jim Livengood, athletic director at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will step down from the position effective next month.

Livengood said he wanted to spend more time with his family and that it was the right time to go.

In his 3 1/2 years at UNLV, Livengood hired coaches Bobby Hauck in football, Dave Rice in basketball and Tim Chambers in baseball.

But he walks away best known for fundraising, tripling athletic fund donations.

"It's a good time to let somebody else take the reigns and keep moving this great program forward, and that's exactly what somebody will do," Livengood said.

While both Livengood and UNLV President Neal Smatresk said the right things, there have been tensions over the football program and the fact that the university took control away of the Thomas and Mack Center.

How much that played into the decision was downplayed.

"Are there issues that have come up about athletics? Sure," Smatresk said. "We've had some vigorous discussions about budget issues and other things, but Jim wasn't forced out. Jim has had a chance to evaluate what he wants to do and he made a decision."

"There are going to be some things ahead that are going to be harder to control," Livengood said. "That doesn't need to be characterized as bad. That's just the way it is. I just think the very best years for rebel athletics lie ahead."

Livengood's retirement is effective June 30.

Livengood has spent the last 28 years serving as an athletic director for three different institutions other than UNLV - Arizona, Washington State and Southern Illinois.

Livengood began his tenure as athletic director in December 2009.

Smatresk said the search for his replacement will begin immediately.

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