CHANGE IS inevitable. Sometimes, you can see it coming. And other times, maybe not so much.

Neal Theobald, who became Temple's 10th president in January, announced yesterday that Bill Bradshaw would be retiring after 11 years as the school's athletic director. Bradshaw will take a personal leave starting tomorrow. Kevin Clark, who, like Theobald, came to North Broad Street from Indiana University, will take over as interim AD. Clark has been Theobald's senior adviser.

The unversity said it will conduct a national search to find a permanent replacement.

Bradshaw, who graduated from La Salle in 1969 and got a master's degree from Niagara 3 years later, came to Temple in 2002 from De Paul, where he spent 16 years as the AD. Before that, he held the same position for 9 years at La Salle. One of the last things he did there was hire Speedy Morris to coach the men's basketball team.

It was on Bradshaw's watch that Temple hired football coach Al Golden, who transformed the program before leaving for Miami. The Owls also joined the MAC for football, which helped keep the program afloat until it finally got back into the Big East last season.

And Penn coach Fran Dunphy was brought over for basketball to succeed Hall of Famer John Chaney. He has taken a program that had missed the NCAA Tournament 5 straight years to one that's now made it six consecutive times.

In December, Bradshaw brought back former assistant Matt Rhule, the guy most Temple people wanted, to be its new football coach when Steve Addazio abruptly left for Boston College after two seasons.

"Bill was the right person at the right time for Temple athletics . . . " Theobald said in a release. "He leaves a strong foundation in place. We are grateful for his efforts and wish him the very best."

One source very familiar with the situation said they "had no idea" this was about to happen.

One person whose name might come up in the search for a successor is Herman Frazier, the Germantown High product who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 with the U.S. 4 x 400-meter relay team. Now the Deputy AD at Syracuse, he was Temple's senior associate AD for sports administration from 2008-11. There's more than a few folks at Temple who wouldn't mind seeing him return.

"My 11 years at Temple were among the most rewarding of my 36 years as an athletic director," Bradshaw said in a statement. "I will miss working with our exceptional [people] . . . who supported our vision and helped create a program poised for unprecedented success."