Like Byrne, he has a little SEC experience, having served as Kentucky's deputy athletics director before his move to Boise State in 2011. Part of his duties at Kentucky, Tennessee, Notre Dame and the SEC, were managing multimedia marketing rights agreeements. Given the ACC's new grant of media rights deal with ESPN and the hope that the conference can create its own network in the coming years, Coyle, to that end, could be a good fit for FSU and the ACC.
Been at Boise State since: 2011
Base salary: $333,000
Ian McCaw, Baylor
As FSU sits at a potentially pivotal spot with respect to its on-field success, McCaw could be an ideal candidate to help push that forward. Since McCaw's arrival as athletics director 10 years ago, Baylor has had its best period of competitive success. The football program has thrived, even boasting the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner in Robert Griffin III. Under McCaw, men's basketball has recovered well from a 2003 scandal involving the murder of a player. In the same period, women's basketball has emerged as a consistent national power.
The Bears have also completed a series of renovations to their facilities under McCaw. Among the changes, Baylor has upgraded its football seating. The school also has a new indoor practice facility, basketball training facility, softball practice facility and equestrian center.
One of the hallmarks of McCaw's time as an administrator has been setting up and implementing a series of five-year plans. He has done that at Baylor, as well as at Northeastern, where he previously worked.
Been at Baylor since: 2003
Base salary: $498,226
John Currie, Kansas State
The Wake Forest graduate has been at Kansas State since 2009, and has, like Del Conte and Byrne, been tabbed as one of the rising stars in collegiate athletics. In 2011, Currie was named one of Sports Business Journal's "Forty under 40" among national sports leaders.
While at Kansas State, Currie has overseen his share of athletic success, particularly on the football field. The Wildcats have had a rebirth of sorts under coach Bill Snyder. Last season, the Wildcats won the Big 12 and advanced to a BCS bowl. Their quarterback was a Heisman Trophy contender for much of the season.
Although Currie has pulled his share of strings for the university behind the scenes, publicly, he has seemed to take a backseat to the legendary Snyder. To most outsiders, Snyder is the most recognized face in the athletics department at K-State. For a school like FSU where the football coach has such a heavy role in athletic policy, having experience with a nationally-respected and highly-visible coach like Snyder could be important for a new AD to have.
Been at Kansas State since: 2009
Base salary: $537,500
Others to consider: Monk Bonasorte (FSU). There's no reason to believe right now that FSU's senior associate athletics director would want the head AD job, but his experience with scheduling and football operations certainly makes him an option. He also is an FSU alum, having played football for the Seminoles in the 1970s.
Vanessa Fuchs (FSU). The interim AD is FSU's senior women's administrator and other senior associate athletics director. Also an FSU graduate, Fuchs' administrative experience lies in the academic and compliance side of FSU athletics. She certainly could be an option based upon how her interim duties go. Again, though, there is no reason to believe right now that she would want to be the new permanent AD.
Brian Battle (UNC-Greensboro). Battle currently holds a position that is similar to Bonasorte's, although he also has experience with the duties Fuchs had before being named interim AD. Currently, he is the senior associate AD for internal operations at UNC-Greensboro. Battle holds a Master's from FSU and has worked there twice. He was in compliance and sports information while at FSU. He also was the head of compliance during FSU's academic fraud scandal.
Jon Gilbert (Tennessee). A longtime administrator in the SEC, Gilbert currently serves as Tenneessee's executive senior athletics director. He has been with the Volunteers since 2011, joining former FSU athletics director Dave Hart when Hart left Alabama. Hart is now Tennessee's athletics director. Before working at Tennessee, Gilbert served as associate athletics director at Alabama for 16 years.
Boo Corrigan (Army). The 1990 Notre Dame graduate has led Army's athletics teams since February 2011. During his time there, Corrigan has led successful fundraising efforts, and has spearheaded a set of marketing and rebranding campaigns. Recently, Army established a new agreement with Nike as its apparel partner, and has a new rights contract with Coke. At the start of his administrative career, Corrigan had a stint as an assistant director of marketing at FSU.
Martin Mayhew (Detriot Lions). A former FSU football player, Mayhew now serves as the Detroit Lions' executive vice president of football operations and general manager. He has now spent four seasons as the team's chief executive football decision-maker. Those decisions primarily include roster and personnel organization. Mayhew was a candidate the last time FSU had an athletics director search. After his experience at the NFL level, it's unclear if he would want to come to the college ranks. ... While at FSU in the late 1980s, Mayhew played football and ran track. He was selected in the 10th round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Magdi El Shahawy (Southern Cal). Another former FSU football player, El Shahawy was a letterwinner from 1986-89. He earned both his undergraduate and Master's degress from FSU. Currently, El Shahawy is the head of student-athlete academic services at USC. He has held that post since 2000. He's also a Sarasota native.
Wayne Hogan (Georgia Tech). A longtime former FSU administrator, Hogan spent more than 13 years in the university's sports information and communications departments. The Tallahassee native was even FSU's interim athletics director in 1994-95, just before Hart was selected to run the program. Like Mayhew, Hogan was part of the last search that produced Spetman's hiring as athletics director. Hogan currently is the associate athletics director for public relations at Georgia Tech.