- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois University says it has narrowed to three the field of potential candidates for its athletic director post.

One of the three is a former athletic director and another works at the University of Illinois.

Rick Hartzell was athletic director at the University of Northern Iowa from 1999 through 2008 and at Bucknell from 1988-99. Since he left Northern Iowa, Hartzell has refereed college basketball and worked outside college sports.

Tom Michael is a senior associate athletic director at Illinois. He has been at the school since 1996.

The third candidate is Jim Sarra. He is deputy director or athletics at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

EIU said in a news release that on-campus interviews are planned July 7-9. Public interviews are expected but haven’t been scheduled.