- Aug 28, 2006
You pegged it. I’m not “defending” him. It’s not an all or nothing issue.
Being an AD at a big time athletic program isn't a job I'd like to have. The football coach and/or the basketball coach make more money than you and are bigger/more influential figures than you, but you're their boss. You're pulled in a million different directions by various people. The vast majority of most AD's revenues come from football, and the overwhelming majority of every AD's revenues come from football + basketball. If you screw up on a hire there, you're done. Whether you are a success or failure will hinge upon who you hire for one, maybe two particular jobs. Nothing else really matters, because it doesn't move the needle in terms of revenue. Perhaps you could bail yourself out of bad football/basketball hires if you were an incredible fundraiser, but that's pushing it.