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Archie & JT say no Thanks to AD

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by osugrad21, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Both Archie and JT decline the AD job...
  2. Elephant

    Elephant Sophmore

  3. Gamebreaker

    Gamebreaker Newbie

    Who’s next for OSU?
    Griffin, Tressel deny interest in becoming athletics director
    Thursday, January 06, 2005
    Rob Oller

    The search has begun to replace Andy Geiger, listening behind the scenes recently as football coach Jim Tressel discussed the suspension of Troy Smith.

    Ohio State’s two-time Heisman Trophy winner isn’t rushing to become the Buckeyes’ next athletics director. Neither is the football coach.

    Archie Griffin, beginning his second year as president of the OSU Alumni Association, said he has no interest in succeeding Andy Geiger as athletics director. Jim Tressel also ruled himself out.

    "I started this (alumni association) job a year ago, and I’ve grown to love it. I’m not interested in (being athletics director)," Griffin said yesterday after Geiger announced his retirement. "I love this university, for sure, and I love what I’m doing. I think it’s the best job for me."

    Tressel said the athletics director job "isn’t in the cards."

    "Oh, gosh, we’ve got 36 sports, and there would be some who argue I’m not doing the job I have as well as I should," he said.

    After Griffin and Tressel, who was athletics director and football coach at Youngstown State, potential candidates include Paul Krebs, the athletics director at Bowling Green who worked at Ohio State for 14 years; former Ohio State basketball player Bill Hosket, and Maryland Athletics Director Deborah Yow, who replaced Geiger when he left for Ohio State in 1994.

    Griffin’s connection to Ohio State makes him the first name that comes to mind when compiling a list of candidates. The former tailback spent 19 years in the athletics department, 10 working for Geiger, before beginning with the alumni association in 2004. Even then, there was speculation that Griffin eventually would step in when Geiger retired.

    Have recent controversies involving the football and basketball programs dimmed Griffin’s view of being athletics director?

    "That hasn’t changed my mind. What changed my mind is the fact that in working with the alumni association I’ve seen the effect it can have and how important it is to our alumni," he said.

    That hasn’t stopped Griffin’s backers from promoting him.

    "I think it’s his time," said John Hicks, a former offensive lineman who blocked for Griffin. "You’ve got a guy who has trained in the system, worked in the system, is still in the system, and if he is not the next pick then it is not the Ohio State I know."

    Yow denied interest in the job, saying she just signed a contract that keeps her at Maryland through 2010.

    "I’m happy at Maryland," she said.

    Hosket, a Columbus businessman and the only potential candidate without experience in a college athletics department, said he will not seek the job but would listen if Ohio State contacted him.

    "It’s a huge job, and I never really to this point have given it a tremendous amount of thought," said Hosket, who played for the Buckeyes from 1966-68. "But I’m always interested in what goes on at Ohio State. If they contacted me, I would speak with them."

    But Hosket doesn’t appear to have the experience required.

    "We’re looking for somebody who has experience as an AD," said Joseph Alutto, who is heading the search committee.

    Ohio State president Karen A. Holbrook echoed that sentiment.

    "If I were to pick the one, I would want people with very high standards, strong integrity and very good experience. This is a very big job, it’s a tough job where you need somebody with those two values, along with experience," she said, adding that the university would hire a search firm to help locate candidates.

    Alutto, dean of the Ohio State Fisher College of Business, said he will look for someone with a bulldog mentality during the hiring process, which typically lasts from four to eight months. Whoever succeeds Geiger had better be prepared to tackle the tough issues and controversies.

    "I’m not looking for somebody who is saying, ‘I’ve done my thing. Aren’t I wonderful? Now I’m looking for a place where I can coast for the next 6-7 years,’ " Alutto said. "I’m not interested in people like that."

    Holbrook, who wants the person hired by the time Geiger leaves on July 1, has no doubt that hundreds will contact Ohio State about the job.

    The person hired will face the challenge of dealing with a fan base and media that sends and receives information with the press of a button.

    "You have Internet communication and media devoted only to sports. That alone has made compliance issues more (difficult). All of that has changed the landscape for all of us in this business," Geiger said, adding that the spotlight shines brighter at Ohio State than at most schools.

    "The biggest challenge is always, every day dealing with the intensity of interest in this program," he said.

    Geiger’s successor will face the same issue of "managing and controlling and being on top of the actions of people over whom you have very little influence and control," he said, referring to boosters.

    So why would anyone want the job, especially with investigations ongoing into the football and men’s basketball programs?

    "Because it’s a differencemaker," Geiger said. "This program is a bell cow-type program, which I think is one of the reasons we’re under the scrutiny we’re under.

    "This seat is the leadership seat of what in Ohio is a very, very major part of culture, and that is the Ohio State Buckeyes. And that is irrefutable."
  4. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    Maybe we can get Eddie George do it, if he retires this year.:roll2:
  5. Alan

    Alan Banned

    darn....cant believe i missed this thread until error....

    tressel never had a chance at this position.....

    griffin has a job that is 10x better than being a.d.....the only way he would do it is if his love for ohio state (which is deep) drove him to right the ship....

    personally i thought and think Yow is the ideal candidate....but i guess she is saying she is not interested.....that would be my #1...i'll get ahold of her tomorrow to get a feel...

    whomever the next a.d. will be a holbrook hire....
  6. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    Take it easy buddy. We have enough problems, without you groping potential A.D.'s.:tongue2:
  7. WoodyWorshiper

    WoodyWorshiper THINK, Before You Speak Former College Pick'Em Champ

    Nice one Iron, I was just scrolling down to pretty much post the same thing.
  8. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    I don't think Eddie George is likely to be considered. OSU is the largest sports business in collegiate sport. The next AD will have to demonstrate successfully handling a large program at some other university. Although there are problems, there will be no shortage of qualified applicants. This is one of the greatest jobs in sports.
  9. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    Obviously you missed the :roll2: at the end of my post about Eddie George.
  10. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Sorry. Early morning here. Village idiot at work!:!

  11. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    That's alright...these things happen.
  12. SC"U"Mbuster

    SC"U"Mbuster Newbie

    Gotta give it to Tressel...some of his quotes are best said with his unexpressive demeanor...that was masterful use of sarcasm. :)
  13. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion

    I prefer Krebs over Yow anyway for a rather stupid reason but it just hit me. Holbrook is bad enough but to have two females in charge... god help us all :biggrin:

    But seriously it seemed to me that Krebs is perfect having worked here previously and then doing a great job at Bowling Green. While not the same as Ohio State, he has turned around alot of their sports programs and as my brother pointed out to me was smart enough to find and hire Urban Meyer.
  14. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    I love Eddie, and always will, but given all the accusations that star players at OSU get cushy no-show landscaping jobs, the last thing we need is a former star running back who holds a degree in landscape architecture running the show. :tongue2:

    This is great news! Those were Thad Matta's exact words before he took the job.
  15. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    Making it clear early that they arent interested will give Archie and Tress more influence over the hiring decision. As I see it, that is a very good thing.


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