KSU's Currie turns to Super Bowl administrator as assistant AD

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It never hurts to have a familiar person working with you in times of great challenge.

That was obviously the idea with the recent hire made by Kansas State athletic director John Currie, who has tapped veteran sports administrator Reid Sigmon to fill his No. 2 position as his senior associate athletic director for administration.

It's an interesting hire for a couple of reasons.

First, Sigmon becomes Currie's first major hire since taking over as the Wildcats' athletic director last month. Soon after his arrival, Currie placed assistant athletic directors Jim Epps and Bob Cavello on administrative leave in a move that was seen as a house-cleaning break with the previous administration.

That first step came soon after results of a secret deal between former Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause and Ron Prince surfaced, as well as the audit of the school's athletic department.

Currie and Sigmon represent a clean break with that past.

Sigmon has a long history in events management as the executive director of the Super Bowl XLIII host committee.

Another previous job for Sigmon was as director of stadium development and event operations for the Cleveland Browns. He was responsible for the management, supervision and coordination of all Browns' event logistics and stadium construction. And before that he had high administrative jobs in logistics for previous Super Bowls in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, as well as the 1999 men's basketball Final Four in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It's very unusual to see someone with such a strong portfolio in professional athletics make the move to colleges. It happens all the time in coaching, but rarely in administration.

The daily challenges of preparing for a Super Bowl are immense -- particularly in these trying economic times. But it was probably good training for Sigmon as he attempts to help Currie rebuild confidence and trust at Kansas State.

Currie and Sigmon have known each other since they both worked at Wake Forest, where Sigmon played football for the Demon Deacons. So he's obviously familiar with the inner workings of intercollegiate athletics from that standpoint.

He's been gone for a few years, but I'm betting working and negotiating with the NFL has steeled him for anything he might face from a zealous booster or two while at Kansas State.