Dan Hanneke is leaving as executive director of the Las Vegas Bowl to take a job with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a source close to the situation said Monday.
The source didn’t know what job Hanneke would have at UFC.
Hanneke didn’t immediately return calls for a comment.
Hanneke was hired to run the bowl on Oct. 19, 2012, replacing current UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, who held the position for 12 years.
In his short stint, Hanneke oversaw two games, including last December’s matchup between Fresno State and Southern California, which USC won 45-20. The sellout crowd of 42,178 was the second largest in the game’s history, trailing only the 44,615 who watched Brigham Young beat Oregon 38-8 in 2006.
That was the bowl’s first sellout since 2010, but its seventh in nine years.
Hanneke also was responsible for bringing Royal Purple on board as the title sponsor, signing a three-year contract last September. The agreement is worth more than $1 million per year.
In providing further stability, Hanneke extended the contracts with the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conference for six years through 2019.
The bowl had the top pick from the Mountain West last year and the fifth selection from the Pac-12.
A date and time for this year’s bowl has not been announced. An announcement could coincide when the Football Bowl Association meetings are in Las Vegas from April 22 to 24.
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