John Bianco rehired to football media relations position

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The athletics department announced Monday that it has rehired John Bianco as associate athletics director, media relations for football, effective immediately. Bianco served in the role for 23 years before leaving over the summer due to a departmental reorganization. 

“John has vast experience and a high level of mutual trust with the coaching staff,” said interim men’s athletics director Mike Perrin in a press release. “I’d like to personally thank and applaud Scott McConnell for an outstanding job in difficult circumstances. Scott’s leadership and work ethic, with tremendous support from Brian Davis, Susie Epp, Travis Feldhaus, Joe Hernandez and David Wiechmann, has been inspiring.”

McConnell will return to be the full-time media contact for men’s basketball. McConnell has been the media contact for both football and men’s basketball in Bianco’s absence. 

The department also announced further additions to the athletics communication team will come in the future. Sean Cartell, the current assistant director of communications for the SEC, will join the department in November as the primary women’s basketball contact.