MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Tom Moe will become Minnesota's athletic director Friday, after almost a year of performing those duties on an interim basis, university officials said Thursday.

The university said last week that Moe, who has been the interim athletic director since Mark Dienhart resigned in December amid fallout from the academic fraud scandal, was the sole finalist for the position out of more than 50 candidates.

Moe, 62, said last week he would accept the job.

Moe is a former Gophers baseball and football player. He was the football team's most valuable player in 1959 and played on the 1960 national championship baseball team. He received his bachelor's degree in 1960 and his law degree from the university in 1963.

He is a former managing partner in the Minneapolis law firm Dorsey & Whitney. He retired from that post in April 1999 but remained chairman until last December, when he took a leave of absence from the firm so he could concentrate on restoring public confidence in the athletic department.