OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton has hired Marcus Blossom away from Holy Cross to be its new sporting director.
Blossom replaces Bruce Rasmussen, Bluejay’s longtime sports director, who retired this summer.
Blossom was Holy Cross’ athletic director for two years after spending five years at Boston College as a senior associate athletic director of business and administration.
“It’s hard to contain how excited I am to be participating in such an incredible program,” Blossom said Monday. “Creighton not only competes at the highest levels in the Big East and nationally, it does it the right way and never forgets its priorities, values, community commitment and most importantly the growth of student-athletes and their entire experience.”
Rasmussen, 70, announced his retirement on July 19, about a month after he and the school were sanctioned by the NCAA for the only major violation of his tenure.
The NCAA found out that a former assistant basketball coach accepted cash from a management agency. Rasmussen conducted his own investigation into the case, but kept the results private until the FBI released details of a corruption scandal involving several large schools.
The NCAA put the Creighton men’s basketball program on a two-year probationary period, and the Bluejays were granted scholarships and given recruitment restrictions, including penalties.
The Bluejays had their best season under coach Greg McDermott, who went 22-9 and finished second in the Big East before advancing to Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.
Blossom, who is black, was hired five months after McDermott created a firestorm twice using the term “plantation,” while encouraging the team’s unit under a locker room after a loss.
Players publicly said they were saddened by the analogy that was evocative of slavery and antebellum South. McDermott apologized and was reinstated in time to train in the Big East tournament.