Packers expected to offer Northwestern's Murphy president's job

Northwestern athletic director Mark Murphy is expected to formally receive an offer to become the president of the Green Bay Packers next week, three sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

A search committee will recommend Murphy, who has been at Northwestern for four years, to the Packers' board of directors for its approval.

Murphy will bring a unique set of experiences and skills to the Packers. He played safety for the Washington Redskins for nine years (1977-85), serving as co-captain of two Super Bowl teams. Murphy also holds a law degree and an MBA, and served as assistant executive director of the National Football League Players Association.

He served as athletic director at Colgate, his alma mater, for 11 years before coming to Northwestern in 2003.

Under Murphy's leadership, Northwestern teams have won three NCAA and nine Big Ten Conference championships, and the school's athletes have a Graduation Success Rate, as measured by the NCAA, of 98 percent, tied for the best in the nation.

Gene Wojciechowski is a senior national columnist for ESPN.com. Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com