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Published March 24, 2010, 03:20 PM

Kent State passes on NDSU AD Gene Taylor

(WDAY Sports) - When the Bison athletic program started picking up major wins over established programs, think football over Minnesota, basketball over Wisconsin and softball over Oklahoma, the so called "big boys" were going to notice, and talk to the person in charge.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

One of those schools did just that we found out, as Kent State had Bison Athletic Director Gene Taylor as one of it's three finalists for it's vacant position.

Taylor, who was on his way to Bismarck this afternoon told me that he was no longer in the running and apparently Kent State had it's candidate on campus today. Taylor said he interviewed with the school president earlier in the week.

He also said that he was never offered the job; Kent State is a member of the MAC. The other finalists were USD AD Joel Nielsen and Tennessee Tech's Mark Wilson.

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