FAU's open athletics director position draws application from 48 candidates.
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I don't want to give up too much of the information we pay for, but I think "Tim L" may not be available anymore.
I hope that's allowed?
I think a "first name, last initial" is fine. Your fellow subscribers will know who you yare talking about.
As for "Tim L" you bring up a good point. I am not sure if he is still in consideration or not, but I think he would make a good candidate.
Intresting list with some names like "Steven C. " who are trying to get back in the game.
FAU has brought in the first two candidates to interview for its AD job.
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Marcus and Chuck, the artcle about the AD interview was interesting.
Without knowing all FAU's business , I would have guessed this to be the case. I watched a baseball team win the SBC with the leagues worst facility and equipment. I'm glad I don't have to make the decisions about sports because my fiscal beliefs would tell me not to do what he is proposing. They can't raise the fees much more, so it will be a tough call. I wonder how other schools that are in our situation do it ? This is when one realizes that this truely is a business and not just games.
Our sources tell us the discussion was along the lines of this...
The candidate told people what FAU needs to do is spend money where it needs to be spent even if it means running a large deficit for a number of years.
There are plenty of athletic departments that operate at a loss. I believe, FAU ran some deficits when it started football before the Board of Trustees declared that athletics must balance its budget.
It is an institutional decision - and one that should be looked at seriously, in my opinion.
Don't get me wrong. I agree. It is a tough call to "invest" money today for future returns. If they can come up with a plan to show how running at a deficit today, will benefit us down the road, I'm all for it. I've done it and when it's your money , it isn't an easy choice. I truely believe that FAU has the ability to grow and be profitable. We all know it revolves around the football program. We missed the boat on this last conf. realignment, but we have to make a plan for the next 2-3 and 5-10 years. If we don't, we will be left behind.
Very interesting way of looking at things.
I have no problem with running a deficit for the next 4-5 years until we can get fully staffed with people in charge of marketing and fund-raising who can actually bring in some money instead of the dimwits we have there now..
That would be money well spent and then we might actually see some return on the investment.
Sadly, all that the AD prospect said was true and just look at the state of FAU ahtletics today to see it is true - you get what you pay for! We don't even compete in Belt competition for the most part!
I was just driving on I-95 and it looked like the Goodyear blimp was just a few feet above FAU stadium. Was that planned? It sure looked pretty risky from my vantage point. Too close for comfort to me and with the Boca airport right there, who knows what could have happend. I am very curious to find out what was happening. Too bad I did not get video of it.
Maybe getting some aerial shots of our beautiful stadium!
We have confirmed the identity of another candidate who has interviewed for AD job.
That's four so far who have been in.
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This guy seems totally qualified. If he held those positions, for that length of time, that U. must think a lot of him.
True, but raising money there and rasing money here are completely different.
Determining how good an AD a candidate would be is much harder than scouting coaching candidates isn't it?
Nice subtle reference, Chuck!! Good one ;-)
Yes, this is the week. It's Owl Time. The Rice Owls come to Boca to face the FAU Owls for a battle that will force sportswriters to write games...
One certainly impacts the other. Six interceptions? Those DBs certainly benefitted from a strong pass rush, too.
Can anyone out there help Cheelan?
Isn't it funny how our LB's seemed to have improved at the same time our DL is at it's best. I wonder if there is a connection?