Ed Scott becomes Tigers’ first Black athletic director: Why it matters

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 29, 2024 7:22 AM CT | Published: June 28, 2024 5:04 PM CT

Make no bones about it, new Memphis athletic director Ed Scott’s resume speaks for itself.

He comes to Memphis after spending two years as the deputy athletic director at the University of Virginia. His stint with the Cavaliers came after a five-year run as the athletic director at Morgan State.

The 2021-22 Cushman & Wakefield Athletic Director of the Year secured Morgan State’s first-ever comprehensive apparel deal with Under Armour during his tenure. The track and football field at Hughes Stadium, Hill Field House, Lois T. Murray softball field and Hurt Gymnasium all experienced renovations under Scott’s leadership. And his vision also helped bring a new student-athlete academic center to Morgan State.

When Scott approached the podium Friday during his introductory press conference as a fully qualified hire with a proven track record, he made Memphis history.


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Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner II

Frank Bonner is the Memphis Tigers football beat writer. He is originally from Indiana but arrived in Memphis after spending two years in Tulsa, covering Oklahoma State football and basketball. He covered high school sports in Columbus, Indiana for two years before getting his Master’s degree in Sports Journalism at IUPUI. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.


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