Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News
Former Utah State athletic director Randy Spetman is taking the AD job at Florida State.

As Randy Spetman and his wife, Becky, sat in the Smith Spectrum Saturday night and saw the Aggies beat Nevada 77-63, thoughts crossed their minds that it could be the last time they would see the Aggies play in that building.

The USU athletic director had interviewed for the same position at Florida State University the day before, and as one of the the top candidates, he knew he might be offered the job at any time.

The call came later that evening.

Less than 48 hours later, Spetman was named the FSU athletic director on Monday.

"These programs compete for national championships every year," Spetman said. "That's pretty special for an AD."

Florida State University President Dr. T.K. Wetherell made the announcement.

"Randy Spetman has a strong record of leadership with honesty and integrity. His experience and organizational and management skills set him apart as one of the best athletic directors in the country," Wetherell said.

Spetman replaces Dave Hart, and he will take over at his new post sometime next week.

"Florida State University is one of the finest college athletics programs in the nation," Spetman said. "To be asked to serve as its athletic director is a great compliment, and I was thrilled to accept."

Although not disclosed, his contract is believed to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $600,000 per year. He was making $187,000 per year at Utah State.

"They will have success (at Utah State)," Spetman said. "There are great coaches there and student-athletes are some of the finest people I have been around."

"I think they got themselves a really good guy that's a high-character guy," Utah State head basketball coach Stew Morrill said. "I really enjoyed working with him and we're going to miss him around here. What a a tremendous opportunity for him to be in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference)."

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht agreed.

"Randy and Becky have done an outstanding job. Although they will be greatly missed, they have put us in a position of strength, built a strong foundation and provided leadership that contributed to growth in our teams, facilities and the academic success of our athletes. We will continue to move forward," he said.

Spetman drove through blizzard Sunday morning en route to Salt Lake City International Airport. He eventually arrived in Tallahassee later that day where is was 80 degrees.

Spetman, who served in the Air Force for 28 years, was also the athletic director for the Air Force Academy from 1996-2003.

He was hired at Utah State in 2004, and left his mark with the new North Endzone Facility at Romney Stadium.

"My heart and soul is in that facility," he said. " ... I hope the people in Logan will say I helped make the athletic department a little better. It wasn't for the lack of trying if they don't feel that way."

Spetman was contacted just over two weeks ago by Chuck Neinas, who was hired to find candidates. Spetman had a preliminary conversation with Wetherell at an athletic director's conference in Florida 10 days ago.

His official interview was last Friday, and the next day he was offered the job, pending approval of the trustees. That approval came Sunday.

"It's first-class across the board," said Spetman, who will have an operating budget of $50 million to 100 million per year as opposed to $11 million to $15 million at Utah State.

Spetman was one of four candidates interviewed on campus. Along with Spetman, Wayne Hogan, Associate Athletic Director at Georgia Tech, Martin Mayhew, Senior Vice President of the Detroit Lions and Don Smiley, President of Summerfest in Milwaukee, were also interviewed.

Utah State will announced an interim AD later this week, as well as begin a search for a permanent athletic director.