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The search for a new athletic director at the College of Charleston has been narrowed to three candidates.

The three finalists to replace outgoing Charleston athletic director Joe Hull are Matt Roberts, the deputy director of athletics at Southern Methodist; Bryan Blair, senior associate athletic director/compliance at Rice; and Michael Alford, the senior associate athletic director for development at Oklahoma.

The school is hoping to have a new athletic director in place by Thanksgiving. College of Charleston spokesman Mike Robertson said college president Glenn McConnell would not comment on the three finalists. 

The candidates visited campus Monday and Tuesday for interviews with the search committee and meetings with coaches, faculty, staff, student-athletes and college administrators.

Roberts joined the SMU staff as deputy director of athletics in the fall of 2012. Roberts arrived after eight-plus years at Oklahoma, where he served in a variety of roles, most recently as associate athletic director for development.

At SMU, Roberts helps administer the day-to-day operations of the entire athletic department and serves as the administrative liaison for the football and men's basketball programs. He is also assisting in the development of a departmental strategic plan, and is involved with SMU's community engagement and customer service initiatives.

Blair was named associate athletics director/compliance at Rice in Feb. 2014 and was promoted to senior associate athletics director/sport administration and compliance in Nov. 2015. Blair, a Bennettsville native, was a defensive lineman at Wofford.

Alford joined the Oklahoma staff in Nov. 2012 as senior associate athletics director for development. Alford is in his 20th year working in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports. He joined OU from the NFL's Dallas Cowboys where he served as senior director of corporate partnerships and sales since 2008.

Hull, who has been the College of Charleston’s athletic director for the past nine years, signed a two-year contract extension in November 2014 that is set to expire on Dec. 31.

The school’s administration decided not to offer Hull another contract extension.

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