Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four athletic director candidates leaked

According to Rick Walsh of KDKA, there are five candidates, but thus far he knows of only four. Those four are:

Vince Nicastro- He's been the athletic director at Villanova for 15 years so needless to say he has a lot of experience. He got his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg State, and his MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's in his early 50s.

Mark Coyle- He's been the athletic director at Boise State for almost 3 and a half years. In 2014-15, Boise State won the conference championship in football, and both men's and women's basketball. Hired back former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be the head coach, a year after Harsin left to be the head coach at Arkansas State. Harsin was 12-2 this season, his first year as head coach at the school. Prior to Boise State he was the Deputy Athletic Director at Kentucky where he oversaw the day to day operations of the basketball program, among other things. He received his bachelor's degree from Drake, a master's degree from Drake in teaching, and a master's degree from Florida State in sports administration. His wife is a doctor of physical therapy, which Pitt is considered to be the best in the nation. He is 46.

Sean Frazier- He's been the athletic director at Northern Illinois for the past two years. Prior to Northern Illinois he spent six years at Wisconsin in support of Barry Alvarez. A native of Long Island, NY, he played football at Alabama. he received a bachelor's degree from Alabama, a master's degree at the University of Maine, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Wisconsin. He's in his early 50s.

Scott Barnes- He's been the athletic director at Utah State for the past seven years.  Under his leadership the Utah State athletics department routinely finished amongst the most economically efficient athletic departments in the nation. In 2009 Utah State won a national award given to the athletic program that won the most championships with the lowest expenses. Previously he worked for three years at Washington and was the athletic director at Eastern Washington for six years. he received both his bachelor's and master's degree from Fresno State. He also played basketball at Fresno State, and he even played basketball professionally in Germany for a short time. His daughter plays on the women's basketball team. He's 52.


13 comments:

  1. This list would be expected under Nordy, not Gallagher. Which one is innovative? Which one comes from a power 5 conference? There is one who cuts expenses and appears fiscally responsible. The list appears underwhelming at best. No claim to fame that I see.

    Perhaps this is the Freedom of Information Act "cover" for the list of real candidates. The best candidates usually gain momentum at the end of the search in order to keep out of the spotlight and FOIA requests. The real candidate will gain momentum and be hired before anyone figures it out. That's how the big time programs operate.

    Protect the real candidate until the announcement.

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  2. Agree with Talent Evaluator. Pretty underwhelming list. If this is it, rather go with someone like EJ. At least his passion for Pitt makes up for his lack of experience.

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  3. I think it's a very impressive list, btw. All are actual ADs at very successful athletic programs, and all have great reputations in the industry. The alternative is hiring a second in command at a major school, which is what Pederson was, or paying a ridiculous amount to get an established AD at a major university, which isn't worth it. Hiring actual ADs that are successful is a sign that Pitt is much further along than when Pederson was hired.

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  4. This list is, to me, unimpressive. One of them scares me; Scott Barnes, whose claim to fame is running the "most fiscally efficient athletic departments in the nation". Haven't we had enough cheapness for the last 30 years. Just my opinion.

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    1. That's what you do at Utah State. It's not Michigan or Texas.

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    2. Exactly! And to piggy back on that, the job he's done is incredible considering he's third fiddle in his state, and doesn't have the resources that can match BYU or Utah, and can't fall back on a major conference affiliation or an exclusive contract with ESPN!

      Very impressive, IMO.

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  5. Chris,

    Of that list, who would you hire and why?

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    1. I'd be lying if I said I knew who was the best choice. They're all impressive. FWIW, Nicastro has only worked for Villanova so he's never even had experience with big time football. I don't seem as enamored with Frazier. Coyle and Barnes seems like the best options to me, but I don't know what they're looking for and I'm not in the interviews so take it with a grain of salt.

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  6. Before seeing Chris's comments immediately above, my thoughts while reading the qualifications were that Coyle and Barnes appeared to be the best options.

    Not sure why anyone would think we could attract an existing P5 AD ... maybe Wake Forest but that would be about the only one who would consider Pitt.

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    1. And let me say that it's not a shot when I say that a P5 AD would make the move to Pitt. It's that there isn't the salary disparity in ADs like there is in coaching. P5 ADs all roughly make the same so there's not a lot of reason to change.

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    2. I meant would not make the move in that first sentence. Trying to type on my phone.

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  7. If the list doesn't have Dave Wannstedt on it, then it is not truly a Pitt AD list. Because it is obvious, Wanny solves all woes.

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  8. Uhh... do any of you alleged Pitt fans know anything? Like louisville got their successful AD from... get ready... Colorado State.

    It will be Barnes. The guy who does more with less always wins out.

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