Updated:ORLANDO, Fla.,None —
University of Central Florida officials announced a big staffing change Tuesday in the wake of a recruiting scandal in the athletics department.
UCF's former athletic director, Keith Tribble, resigned because of NCAA violations in November.
Since then, UCF has had 80 applicants and interviewed nine candidates, and this morning gave the job to a man they believe can restore the Knights' good name: Todd Stansbury.
With his introduction, a new era begins at UCF with a new leader who used the word "integrity" multiple times in talking about his vision for the Knights' future.
"(It's) up to the adults to set the example," Stansbury said.
Stansbury takes over a Knights athletic department that is looking forward to a bright future in the Big East Conference, but is also dealing with a recent recruiting scandal. The NCAA is expected to hand down multiple sanctions for those violations, but Stansbury said he believes UCF will recover quickly.
"I know what I've read, and this is not consistent with the values of UCF
…(I am) totally confident in what the university is doing," Stansbury said.
Stansbury has worked in college athletics for more than 20 years, spending the last nine as the executive associate athletic director at Oregon State, where the Beavers won two baseball national championships.
"We've done it the right way, and no way we won't be able to do that here," Stansbury said.
The Knights are also dealing with a coaching vacancy with their football team after defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who was hired last month, decided to go to Penn State instead.