Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pitt has a new athletic director

The University of Pittsburgh today announced that Scott Barnes has been hired as their athletic director. This is an excellent hire for the university. The 52-year old Barnes has been the athletic director at Utah State since 2008. In that time he earned his reputation as one of the best fundraisers in college athletics. He was also the chairman of the men's basketball committee. Barnes was also a very successful athletic director at Eastern Washington, and was the senior associate athletic director at Washington prior to his tenure at Utah State. He played basketball at Fresno State, and briefly played professionally in Germany. He was born in Spokane, WA, and has an 18-year old daughter, who plays basketball at Utah State, and a 16-year old son.

23 comments:

  1. Last week I made a "quick" decision and wrote, here, that I was not in favor of hiring Scott Barnes, but after having time to learn a little more about Mr. Banres, I am fully in favor of his hiring. I hope that he can do for Pitt athletics what he has done for Utah Sate. H2P!

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    1. Kevin - glad to see you living up to your last name. lol

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    2. Yeah, tomcat, I've never heard that one before. lol

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  2. Don't know anything about him but ... New is good ... wecome aboard Mr. Barnes. Let's get this party started ..Hail to Pitt !!

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  3. Chris I really like the hire. The man elevated athletics at Utah State (they won 20 championships under his leadership). It seems like a perfect storm scenario for Pitt what with a new chancellor, SP sacked, Pat N being hired and now this hire.

    I like the fact he played college ball and was involved with the team/boosters...

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  4. That's college basketball...

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  5. I think Barnes coming in with a basketball background couldn't be better time for the muddling program at Pitt. Hopefully he realizes that Pitt basketball should be in the upper echelon on a YEARLY basis with its fantastic fan base and great facility. Missing the tournament 2-3 times straight shouldn't happen. I think he will be a good asset.

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    1. Thanks for the info Chris. I am sure that the Pitt Adm. did a thorough job in vetting Mr. Barnes and am anxious to see how he see things at Pitt(since most of us have a biased view). Think it is good we are bringing in an outsider with great credentials. H2P!!

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  6. Can his son play the 5? Is this a package deal?

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  7. Maybe Coach McConnell picks up an unintended recruit for the women's squad--his daughter. Why not?

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    1. And it doesn't cost Pitt a scholarship.
      Same at Utah but since he will leave, wonder if they extend a scholarship.

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  8. With this hire and the hire of Coach Pat Narduzzi the new Chancellor is off to a very impressive start in regards to Pitt athletics.

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  9. Everyone seems excited about this hire because of his very nice resume. But is there any concern that he is a "west coast guy"? It may not be an issue, but there will be a cultural adjustment as well the assumption that he has very few connections in the east. Just asking.

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    1. A cultural adjustment? hell he played in Germany, I never knew Pittsburgh was the cultural Mecca of the world!

      He will be fine

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    2. Yes. I share your concern. I expect it to take 6-8 months for Barnes to master Yinzer-eze. I assume Pitt will provide an interpreter in the mean time?? We can only hope!!

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  10. Barnes was a good get. Dude has big-time respec in the world of NCAA athletics. He is at least a good fundraiser, has resurrected a long dormant football program, head of the Tourney Selection Committee, knows how to do it all without spending big $$, and has the kind of basketball background to help Dixon right the ship, or figure out a way out from under that $20mil buyout if Coach can't kick it into gear.

    Poor guy even spent 4 years at Iowa State, he's def not just a West Coaster.

    Honestly I can't believe Pitt's hires in the last year. A great new Chancellor that gets college athletics, an exciting new football coach and staff that seem to be pushing all the right buttons, and now this.

    Maybe the dark days really are ending...

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  11. 1st order of business is pulling Jamie Dixon into his office and inform him that his services is no longer needed. Not only has Dixon failed to recruit up to the level of success he has had but a major red flag was his failure to go to the new chancellor and request more money for an improved staff Brandon knight has done very little for this staff and Barton is just awful. Pitt has an arrogant big ego coach and a staff that can't recruit or develop talent. Not replacing Adam's was the writing on the wall and Khem birch was the proof that Dixon lied about changing his style of play to coincide with the players talent... Basketball at Pitt is dying by the hands of Dixon.

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    1. Or maybe if Khem Birch stayed at Pitt and actually developed he may have been drafted by the NBA. Clearly running up and down the court at UNLV did wonders for his game. You people are sooooo tiring!!!

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  12. Dixon's staff issues must be addressed ASAP. Does he take the path of least resistance when hiring assistants, which is reflected most recently in the quality of his assistants? Do quality assistants not want to work for him because he is a micromanager? Does he not have the $$$ to lure quality assistants? Whatever the issue or issues, they need to be addressed.
    Also, why would Pitt introduce the new AD at 3 p.m on a Friday, the same day that the Pens play an elimination game. No one watches the 6 pm news on Friday. The 11 pm news will focus on the Pens. Saturday newspaper readership is minimal. With the Pens playing, minimal people will be reading news on the internet this evening. This would have been better played yesterday or Monday.

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  13. I hope he adds men's and women's lacrosse. That would give the ACC enough teams for an automatic bid. Plus, it's an awesome game to watch.

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  14. You guys are funny. There's not an AD in the world that comes in and fires a respected basketball coach with a 20mil+ buyout. And no good ones that come in and starts firing assistant coaches of said basketball coach.

    No - what good administraters do is take at least 6 months to settle in and develop their own personal opinion from their direct experience of what needs to happen to right the ship. Then they go to Dixon and try to help him come up with a good plan with the AD's support, backing, and necessary esources made available, to get your top candidates hired once said assistant coach/coaches have preferably found a soft landing somewhere else, or as a last resort are fired.

    That's assuming Dixon doesn't figure things out soon and start recruit better and deliver a good season. Which very well could still happen. Anywho - this kind of time frame also allows you to get your ducks lined up and ready to go for the assistant coaching carousel at the end of next season. If we are to see significant change in the program - that's when it's most likely to happen.

    There's no chance Pitt will fire Dixon before spring 2017 at the earliest, if things keep go down the toilet. Even then it's more likely our well respected and well connected AD would first try to find Jamie a soft landing at another school to get out from under that huge buyout.

    Welcome to the real world of college athletics administration guys.

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    1. Dixon is never going to get fired at Pitt.

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    2. Never is a long time....

      If there are 3-4 straight NIT appearances, still no dismissal?

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