The former Gamecocks quarterback will be named the school’s next associate athletic director for external affairs, ostensibly the athletic department’s lead fundraiser, The Star has learned from sources familiar with the search. He will succeed David Farrar, who will be retiring in February.
JSU officials did not confirm the appointment Tuesday and Lett, currently a liaison between doctors and local hospitals, declined to comment. A few details remained to be defined, but an agreement has been reached in principle, according to the source. A formal announcement is expected soon.
Athletics director Warren Koegel was in Pennsylvania Tuesday attending the memorial services for Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Koegel told The Star Monday he had to speak with university president Bill Meehan before commenting on the progress of the search.
Meehan said Tuesday he has not yet received a recommendation from Koegel.
Lett was inducted into the JSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. The Glencoe native passed for 7,145 yards and 61 touchdowns — both school records — in his four-year career. In three years as the starter, he led the Gamecocks to a 26-8 record, two Gulf South Conference titles and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
He was the GSC Offensive Player of the Year in 1981 and 1982, an All-American both seasons, and the Alabama Sports Writer’s Association Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1981.
It is believed with his new duties Lett will be giving up his spot as the color analyst on JSU football radio broadcasts. He has been in that position for six seasons.
Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.