Who's Tate talking about?

Who's Tate talking about?

Who's Loren referring to? Comment below

With the chancellor search narrowing down to final interviews, the naming of an athletic director won't be far behind.

Some see AD criteria beginning with the ability to select winning coaches. Really? That's like picking quarterbacks, who never reveal themselves until it's Saturday and they're behind center. Some respond. Some don't.

Here's my list, with help from others who know best.

1. Illini background translating into knowledge of and passion for the university ... someone who'll carry out a long-range vision. This needs to be a destination job, not a stepping stone.

2. Experience gained from other major universities and conferences, including this conference. The UI needs new ideas.

3. A seated director and in-demand in the field. Preferably someone between 45 and 50.

4. An out-of-box marketer with fundraising skills and media savvy, both of which would be greatly enhanced by a footprint in Chicago.

5. An understanding of the UI donor base and corporate prospects.

6. With much of the DIA's needed construction completed, it is now important to have knowledge of the Assembly Hall, where major decisions are in the offing.

7. Strong academic credentials, such as a Ph.D. It helps if you've practiced what you preach, particularly with the faculty.

8. A history of compliance and a determination to keep the hammer down.

Look around. Is there anyone who meets all eight? And if that individual pops up — that perfect individual — would there be a salary limit?

P.S. — As for the ability to hire winning coaches, all the AD can do is follow his instincts, provide resources and get out of the way. And, of course, pull the trigger when failures demand it.

Loren Tate


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TotalIlliniFan wrote on July 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

A big part of the marketing and media savvy skills, the AD MUST be a friend of the fans. He needs to be friendly and approachable, not arrogant and cloistered.

pblillini wrote on July 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

1. Someone NOT from the Guenther tree.

2. Someone nothing like Ron Guenther.

3. Someone who holds coaches accountable.

Lastly, hiring coaches isn't the total crapshoot that Tate makes it out to be. Some AD's no what they are doing and what they are looking for. Guenther apparently didn't. He made one really good coaching hire and then let him leave for KU because he got mad at him.

Jam wrote on July 17, 2011 at 5:07 am

Re: pblillini, Self would have gone no matter what. KU was his destination job. UI seems to have done well in BB with hiring these type of coaches (Kruger and Self) who have another step to go in their careers. Finding someone who can recruit nationally is a better criteria. Also, being able to pay out the cash to secure them is important.

NEOhioIllini wrote on July 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

The article is titled "Who's Tate talking about?" Not let's bash on Guenther some more. Jim Phillips is who he's talking about.

crackerman wrote on July 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

Was that last paragraph aimed at Weber & Zook? Pull the trigger on non winning coaches..........

crackerman wrote on July 17, 2011 at 6:07 am

And Law!

pblillini wrote on July 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

And Tepper.....and Turner....and many other non-revenue coaches.

jturner wrote on July 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Maybe picking coaches is like picking quarterbacks (and maybe not), but show me a coach that consistently picks the wrong one, and I'll show you an ex-coach.

blmillini wrote on July 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The AD can also do his homework. Just like an NFL team picking a QB, some do it well and others do not. Those that do seem to consistently win and those that do not, well you know the story.

jgrout wrote on July 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

"Consistently win" and "break the rules" are strongly correlated, blmillini... something that should be familiar to those in a state with two consecutive governors convicted of felonies and doing (or soon to be doing) jail time.