Colorado chancellor Philip DiStefano said last month that the process of finding a new athletic director would take a while.
Simply coming up with a search committee isn't a quick job, either.
Three weeks after informing former athletic director Mike Bohn that he was being let go, CU is still possibly a couple weeks away from figuring out who will be on the search committee. At that point, CU will begin identifying candidates to replace Bohn.
"I'm pretty confident we'll announce a search committee composition in the next couple of weeks," CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said on Thursday. "For us the issue is not doing a fast search (for an athletic director). It's really doing a thorough search."
Bohn was told on May 23 that he was being let go after eight years at CU. The school made a formal announcement on May 28, while naming Ceal Barry as interim AD. Barry took over that role on June 3.
At that time, DiStefano said he planned to assemble a search committee by the next week. He also said he planned to make a decision by then on whether or not to hire a search firm to help CU find a new AD.
Hilliard said DiStefano is still in the process of talking with advisors and getting input about who should be on the search committee.
A decision has not been made as to whether CU will use an outside consulting firm, Hilliard said. He added that he was not aware of any potential candidates calling CU within the last couple of weeks to express their interest in the athletic director job.
AD searches tend to take quite a bit longer than coaching searches, which often last just a week or two.
On Sunday, Bowling Green hired Chris Kingston as athletic director to fill a void that had been there since March. Earlier this year, East Carolina took three months to fill its vacancy. In 2012, Stanford took nearly three months to hire Bernard Muir and, in 2010, Oregon's process went from March to mid-July before it hired Rob Mullens.
Rutgers took just about five weeks to go through the process of hiring Julie Hermann as AD in May. That hire has been filled with controversy, however. Some of Rutgers' 26-member search committee criticized that hiring process as not being run well.
Colorado would like to avoid making any mistakes in finding its new athletic director.
"I wouldn't say we're going about it in a leisurely way," Hilliard said. "I would say we're going about it in a deliberate way. The goal here is to make a careful, very strategic choice for the institution and we're not going to rush that.
"We're going to take our time and do it right."
Until then, Hilliard said CU is comfortable with Barry leading the department in the interim.
"We're very confident that she can keep things moving along on all fronts while we conduct our search," Hilliard said.
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