Rutgers reportedly down to three in AD search, including Fresno State AD Thomas Boeh

Rutgers’ list of candidates to be its next athletic director is down to three finalists — Fresno State AD Thomas Boeh, Louisville executive senior associate AD Julie Hermann and Wisconsin deputy AD Sean Frazier.

The school over the past three days has conducted exploratory interviews with as many 10 candidates and according to a report in the Home News Tribune will invite the finalists to campus on Monday and Tuesday for formal interviews with coaches, select athletic department officials and student athletes. The 26-person selection committee will then will then meet before a recommendation is forwarded to the university’s board of governors, which is expected to hold a special meeting by Wednesday or Thursday to vote on an official appointment.

The school has been without an athletic director since Tim Pernetti accepted a $1.2 million settlement to resign five weeks ago in the wake of the scandal in the Scarlet Knights’ basketball program.

None of the finalists have known ties to Rutgers, but all three have experience in the Big Ten. Rutgers is moving into the conference in 2014-’15.

Boeh, who has spent the past seven years at Fresno State. has a master’s degree in athletics administration from Illinois and has held a variety of position with the Big Ten Network and also worked at Northwestern.

Fresno State AD Thomas Boeh linked to opening at Rutgers

Thomas Boeh was hired as Fresno State’s Athletics Director in May 2005.

Fresno State Athletics Director Thomas Boeh has been linked to the opening at Rutgers University, which has hired an executive search firm to help it find a replacement for Tim Pernetti, who resigned last month amid the scandal involving the Scarlet Knights basketball coach and program.

Also emerging as candidates for the position are Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier and Louisville executive senior associate athletic director Julie Hermann, according to the Home News Tribune.

Boeh declined comment Friday.

There is no timetable for Rutgers’ search, but the deadline for submitting an application and materials is May 6. According to the job description, the primary goals of the position are academic success for student-athletes, integrity for the intercollegiate athletics program, progress toward budgetary self-sufficiency and success on the playing field. With Rutgers moving from the Big East to the Big Ten, ties to the conference also are considered a plus.

Boeh — who has been AD at Fresno State for eight years — has a master’s degree in athletics administration from Illinois, worked at two Big Ten schools (Illinois and Northwestern) and has spent time in a variety of positions with the Big Ten Network.

Is Fresno State prepared for a raid on its assistant coaches?

It’s November, which means it’s getting to be firing season around college football. Kentucky already has announced that Coach Joker Phillips won’t be back, more changes will be made after the season, and that will trickle down to assistant coaches through the winter closing in on spring, many with opportunities for better jobs in bigger places.

Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter has coaches on his staff that could be attractive candidates this offseason, given the Bulldogs’ turnaround this season.

And that could become an issue for Fresno State if BCS schools start calling. The athletic department has a budget of $2,600,136 for salary and benefits for its football staff in 2012-’13, up from $2,216,380 in 2011-’12. But there are 20 head coaches in the bowl subdivision making more than the entire Bulldogs’ staff this season.

‘’(Athletics Director Thomas Boeh) was great about giving me a salary pool to hire the guys we were able to hire. When you can get a guy like Dave Schramm from Utah to come here, Nick (Toth) from Texas A&M, those guys were making pretty good money so to be able to compete with those schools to bring them here, that was big for me to be able to get this thing off the ground,’’ DeRuyter said.

‘’Of course, these guys want to make as much money as they can and I don’t blame them. We’re going to try, at least I am as head coach, to do everything I can to get these guys as much money as I can.’’

But the reality in college football these days is the bigger the school, the bigger the budget and the bigger the paycheck.

‘’In this business, it’s very difficult to hold on to great assistants,’’ DeRuyter said. ‘’BCS schools have resources that, frankly, we don’t have. So what you have to try to do as a head coach is create an environment that is more comfortable for their families, a great work environment to come to and give guys opportunity for growth.

‘’If someone on our staff has an opportunity to double or triple their salary and they think it’s the best professional career move, I’ll thank them for their time and encourage them to go if that’s what they want to do. I think it’s a compliment to what our players have done that people would look at our staff.

‘’Obviously, it’s a reflection of both. But we don’t want to lose anyone on our staff because I feel I was very fortunate to be able to put a great staff together. But staffs want to be at places where they feel there’s a commitment to winning and it’s not always dollars, it’s can you consistently compete in the league that you’re in and hopefully we’ll be able to do that here.’’

DeRuyter and his status?

‘’I don’t worry about that kind of stuff,’’ he said. ‘’To me, all that stuff does is compliment what these guys have done. All we’re worried about is winning on Saturday. I talked to our team about it (Monday), we have not been in this position since 1999, where we have a target on our chest in November, and that’s where you want to be and where this program should be.

‘’So we need to go out and focus on Nevada because if you don’t they will embarrass you. If we have a week like we had last week, I think we can go out and take care of business.’’