Blake James no longer athletic director at University of Miami

The University of Miami athletic department is dealing with a major shakeup.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami athletic department is dealing with a major shakeup.

The school announced on Monday that it was mutually parting ways with Athletic Director Blake James

It was first reported by the Associated Press.

“It has been an honor to lead Miami athletics and to be a part of such a world-class institution,” James said in a statement released by the school. “I am proud of the work that we have done together, though I know there is still more yet to be achieved. I want to thank our University leadership, our athletics staff, our coaches, and especially our incredible student-athletes for their commitment to excellence and for believing in what the University of Miami can accomplish. I wish the Canes nothing but the best and look forward to my next endeavors.”

The move comes two days after the Hurricanes football team, in the midst of an overall disappointing season, lost to rival Florida State in Tallahassee.

James was with the university for 17 years and served as athletic director since 2013.

“I want to thank Blake for his years of service to the University of Miami,” University of Miami President Julio Frenk said in the statement. “Paired with The U’s storied history in intercollegiate sports, the enhancements Blake championed—in areas ranging from student-athlete support and academic achievement to community outreach and facility upgrades—give us a solid foundation on which to build.”

The school also said a national search for its next athletics director will begin immediately.

In the meantime, Jennifer Strawley, the University’s deputy director of athletics, will serve as interim athletics director.

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David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.