Rand: Updating the Gophers AD search

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2012 - 7:00 AM

The co-chairs of the search committee have been leading a series of "engagement sessions" with groups deemed to be vested stakeholders in the decision.

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goldengophaMar. 8, 1210:23 AM

Mr. Rand, your fourth bullet point--finding an AD dedicated to turning the top 3 sports into winning programs--should be the number one priority for the search committee. And probably the second, third and fourth priorities too. You're right, winning cures a lot of things. Winning football and basketball programs would accomplish every other item in your list, from attracting business partnerships and enhancing community outreach, to building the student fan base and funding the successful non-revenue sports. The key ingredient absent from Maturi's tenure--accountability for success in football and basketball--must be the primary focus for the new AD. And in turn, the University must provide the resources that will attract top coaching talent to Minnesota, and lead a complete transformation in expectations, from merely hoping to win every so often to making winning part of the culture.

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gildedrodentMar. 8, 1211:40 AM

Will former Gopher football coach and Pepsodent Smile Award winner, "Grinnin" Glen Mason be interviewed for the job?

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dewarfMar. 8, 12 9:05 PM

OMG, the two leading the selection are talking about diversity and Minnesota's culture? No wonder I didn't get an invitation to one of these events (and my name IS on the wall at the The Bank). Hey guys -- it's about winning in the major revenue sports! Plain and simple, nothing more! To think that both of these "leaders" haven't figured that out by now is almost unbeliveable. But then, we had Maturi and Mona select the sixth or seventh candidate to coach our football team (the only one who would answer their phone call). So I guess this is a consistent process using the same Atlanta search firm who got us "aw shucks" Jerry Kill. Am I excited about who they'll attract using this same formula? Not at all!

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fwallenMar. 8, 12 9:17 PM

This was not a story that made me feel better. "build on Maturi"? We need a transformational leader, not another has been or never was. As for these meetings, have any been beyond 494/694? Give me a break!

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nomorebrewMar. 9, 12 9:33 AM

The new A.D.'s first job should be to clean house in Bierman and bring in a staff that knows how to win and can make it happen. Then cut sports and focus on winning in football, men's basketball and men's hockey. But this is not going to happen with the Title IX co-chair and all of the old re-treads on the "search committee."

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eyeintheskyMar. 31, 1211:14 PM

Google Trev Alberts and see what he and the prexy of UNO in Omaha are doing to try to save the athletic department there. They have CUT football (Division II) and a Division II wrestling program. They are taking their athletic teams into the Summit Conference (Division I in most sports except none of the schools have football programs. They have a Division I Hockey Program and they will take their Men's and Women's basketball Programs to Division I. Can you imagine ANYONE trying to run a Football Program in Nebraska just 80 miles from Lincoln? The Cornhuskers OWN all of Nebraska for football. Tehy can use their Division I Men's Basketball Program to bring in large pay days for playing basketball powers on the road. They can maximize their Division I Hockey Program and will be bringing teams like Denver, Notre Dame, wisky, Minnesota, Mankato, St. Cloud, Bemedji, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and other big-time hockey programs into sports starved Omaha. Creighton, their neighbor has had GREAT success in Division I Basketball (averaged over 17,000 this year.) and also made the Men's Soccer Final Four. There are NO professional sports teams in Omaha. UNO was losing millions on it's sports programs. With these bold moves, the president of the University and Trev Albert, the AD are agressively trying to win market share in Omaha. Minnesota NEEDS a high profile AD who understands the market here. The enemies and the chief competetors here are not 80 miles away like the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Football Teams is for UNO. The cut-throat competition here comes from the vikings, the t-pukers, the wild and the twins. The U of M NEEDS a BOLD AD and an even BOLDER prexy k to step outside the box and restore FOOTBALL and Men's Hoops along with Men's Hockey to insure that the U of M wins it's market share from the professional teams in town. IF prexy k tries to bring in his buddy from "stoned Brook" in New York to be the ad, I fear there will be "more of the same" that we saw from the macturi "lost" decade of revenue sport performance. Watch prexy k very closely. He uses entirely too much "prexy-speak" to suit my tastes. "...prexy-speak" can not be trusted... ; 0 )

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