Nov. 22, 2016 04:14 PM

After five successful years on the job, Scott Farmer is moving from the post of athletic director to take a teaching position in UL Lafayette’s Kinesiology Department, calling the move “an opportunity ... I’ve looked forward to.”

Frequently choked by emotion during a noon press conference at the university Tuesday, Farmer suggested without explicitly saying the stress and time demands of the athletic director job became too much to bear.

“I’ve paid a price for being an athletic director,” he told the assembled media, citing his health, lagging personal relationships and a strain on his spiritual life in guiding his decision to step down.

Farmer presided over the UL Athletics Department at a time of unprecedented growth and success both on the field and in fundraising. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Deputy Athletic Director Jessica Leger, pending approval of the board of regents.

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