No…we’re not. You are reading the opinions of posters who are not knowledgeable about the job skills required for an athletic director position. We fans are clueless for the most part. We do know we would like somebody who is personable, intelligent and hard working who has experience in financial and business affairs with an athletic background.
But you are right…Houston Nutt and Tommy Tuberville…those are scary and incredibly unlikely candidates. Either one of those two guys, if hired, would make a prospective coach run away like he stole somethin’.
Broyles came from a time when a coach was responsible for all administrative duties within a program. Now many of those administrative duties are passed off to six-figure directors of operations and sport administrators in an effort to free up as much of the coach’s time as possible. Broyles also ran a much smaller athletics department than what we see today.
I think we are not too far away from a point where no Power 5 will hire someone without relevant experience as an athletics director. Fewer coaches are being considered for these jobs, in part for reasons listed above. South Carolina and Mississippi State are exceptions to the rule. In Arkansas’ case, you are looking for someone to come in who has to control a 200-employee, $125 million a year department with several moving pieces, including the most costly construction project ever on campus.
Sometimes you hit the jackpot with choosing someone with no relevant experience to the job with which they are tasked, but more often than not it will end poorly.
I’d be shocked if Nutt were even considered for the job, much less offered it. I’d be less shocked, but still surprised if Tuberville were.
Scanlon has both a Razorback background, business background, & strong Ark ties. He’d be someone I’d like. I have no idea if he’s being considered.
Broyles’s background: he had a degree in Industrial Engineering from Ga Tech. He became AD in a different time–when old coaches were often “kicked upstairs” to be the AD. However, we can’t really compare anyone to Broyles. He wasn’t only a brilliant football mind with a degree in a sophisticated major from a prestigious engineering university, he was simply an incredibly smart man. There just aren’t many out there like him. Oh for us to get another one as either coach or AD. The odds against it are just too strong. We struck gold with him.
Let’s not get too caught up in rumors. All it takes is one post on a message board for one to get started. Still, I’m not too impressed with anything coming from the BOT this week, either.
It won’t be Nutt or TT not a chance, lot of other names to throw out there Scanlon, Grovey, Dicus and that’s just what it would be throwing names because only what Steinmetz and the BOT thinks matters.
When Frank Broyles became AD, several things were true:
A lot of football coaches also served as AD in the 70s. You don’t see that any more, and there are good reasons for that:
Athletic budgets and revenues have multiplied exponentially. A 50-yard-line ticket at RRS back then was $6 and the entire athletic budget was probably less than we make now just from suites at the stadium. TV money, what little there was, was sofa cushion change compared to today.
A lot more regulatory things to deal with. Title IX, for one. We didn’t have ANY women’s sports when Frank was hired. And women had a separate athletic department and separate AD until Jeff Long got here.
I do not like the idea that we’re going to hire someone without excellent qualifications just because he’s an Arkie. I hope that’s not the case, but that seems to be what the GOBN, and the BOT in response to the good ol’ boys, are wanting.
Adam funny you included HDN, but not the former Prophetsville Pig Farmer In you satirical commentary on Arkansas coaches. I think HDN was a slightly above average coach, but he can coach circles around Bielema.
I happen to agree with your general point about “ Arkansas ties” but can also understand why the average fan feels Arkansas ties are important after witnessing the demolition of Razorback football at the hands of a guy from Illinois supervised by another guy from Ohio who reportedly was content to let Bielema wield the sledgehammer for yet another season…