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An application from Bret Hart, senior marketing consultant for World Wrestling Entertainment in Tampa, was one of two turned in Friday for the vacant USF athletic director position.

Former WWE champion Bret Hart left the organization amid controversy in 1997 when contract disputes led him to a rival wrestling professional wrestling promotion. Hart’s brother, Owen, was killed in a WWE ring in 1999, resulting in litigation that lasted for more than three years. Hart has not been employed by WWE since leaving seven years ago.

WWE marketing could not be reached this weekend to verify the employment of anyone else named Bret Hart, and USF media relations director Michelle Carlyon said names on applications were not verified upon receipt.

Friday’s other applicant was Eugene Byrd, owner of a fitness club in Birmingham, Ala. The total number of applicants now sits at 29. Still yet to apply are rumored favorites Orange Bowl CEO Keith Tribble and University of Connecticut Associate Athletic Director Tom McElroy.

Adam Becker