[quote=“OzLion, post:9, topic:1012”]I think winning and losing are highly contagious, with Taran overreacting to the good fortunes of '09 and the bad fortunes of '10.
Regarding our beloved AD, If I remember correctly he was hired in the early 90’s. AT that time the athletic department had achieved its major objective of getting tied in to a major conference, moneys were pouring in for new facilities, and the football team was at peak as a no-maintenance cash cow. I short, he had nothing really major to deal with. I’m guessing he must be good at the behind-the-scenes administrative day-to-day, but nothing in his job has required anything like “vision” from him. [/quote]
It is only one example, but look at Mike Belotti’s decision to step down as AD at Oregon. Bellotti, the former head football coach at Oregon, is resigning his position as AD to take an analyst job at ESPN.
"[i]Yet Bellotti’s step upstairs never stopped being curious, simply because head coaches moving upstairs is, as Bellotti’s biography in the Oregon media guide said, “no longer the norm.”
Once upon a time, a head coach retired into the AD job, where he supported his coaches, played golf with his big donors and called it a day. In the modern age, athletic directors are CEOs of companies with eight-figure (sometimes nine) budgets. It is a corporate job.
“He’s got so many things to do,” Kelly said. “We don’t spend a lot of time talking about other issues.”
Athletic directors are marketers and fundraisers. They have degrees in sports management. They look like insurance agents. And they wouldn’t know a coach from a coachman. Why else hire consultants to help them find a coach? [/i].