Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good Supinie Article

Props to John Supinie, who unpacks the drama behind the scenes in the search for the new athletic director at Illinois. I hadn't seen this story when I posted earlier today but it's a good one.

Here is the key paragraph:

Instead, Guenther seems intent on steering the university toward a new A.D. with “institutional history,’’ possibly with input from two lame ducks — Guenther and Easter. Guenther said he wouldn’t be part of the search committee, but seven of the 10 members of the committee have close ties to the current A.D.

This should serve as a start to the reporting that needs to be done on all the maneuvering that is going on behind the scenes.

This is an opportunity for the university to make a very good hire that could propel its athletic programs to success. However, if they botch it, the university could be digging out of a deep hole for a long time. And in my opinion, letting Ron Guenther have a lot of sway over the process is probably not in the university's best interest.

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AD Search: Hire Your Own Boss?

According to this article in the Chicago Tribune today, the search committee to find Ron Guenther's replacement will consist of 10 members. Half the members already work in the athletic department.

Perhaps I'm the only one who feels this way but it seems a little odd that members of the athletic department get to choose their boss. Every reporter who covers Illinois sports and the university should be asking hard questions of the university administration starting with why the university chose to do it this way rather than go with a firm that specializes in high-level executive hires.

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