Harold Richardson has stepped down after nine years as executive director of the East-West Shrine Game, the game’s parent company, Shriners Hospital for Children, announced Tuesday.

Bob Roller will run the East-West Shrine Game on an interim basis for 2020 while Shriners looks for a full-time executive director. Roller joined the organization in January as Shriners’ director of national sports management. In addition to the East-West game, Shriners also manages a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas and a college baseball tournament in Houston.

“We are grateful for Harold’s dedication to the East-West Shrine Game, and all his efforts that have helped make it such a great event for the players, coaches and fans for the past nine years,” Roller said.

Richardson joined the East-West game after more than a decade as a college football coach, coaching stints with the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints and a stint as the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager.

Founded in 1925, the East-West game is the oldest college all-star game. The 2020 edition will be held Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.


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The East-West game is the second of the major all-star games to undergo a leadership change in recent years. The Senior Bowl hired Jim Nagy as its executive director on May 29, 2018 after Phil Savage parted ways with the game after six years.

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