Undoubtedly, that U of Texas AD job is a powerful position, but reading the article - WOW- the politics involved seem over-whelming.
Luck, someone who is rather popular (he supposedly greased the rails for the Texans' Reliant Stadium) and a lawyer may be up to the job.
But is it worth the headache ? He already has a nice cakey position on that selection committee.
Is his job as WVU AD threatened in any way by all the travel endured by the Mountaineers faithful ?
And that article barely scartches the surface...
We have an aging Mack Brown which people (even with the latest wins) want gone.
A basketball and baseball program that need new blood.
A future fb stadium expansion and future basketball arena demolition/relocation/construction.
An EEOC fight with a fired women's track coach who was fired for sleeping and living with one of her athletes who is slinging mud every chance she gets (exposed Major Applewhite's affair, and rumor of a few others).
A board of regents members (Perry supported) Hall going through impeachment hearings, is the same one who leaked the Saban meeting that happened back in January.
Governor Rick Perry has appointed a Baylor grad and Aggie grad to UT's BOR in an attempt to once again try to fire President Powers (who BTW is now the HEAD of the AAU) because he spoke out against what Perry is trying to do to Texas which is cutting funding dramatically, forcing a tuition freeze for the next 5 years (only on UT, not on any other university in the state), trying to pass a bill that states that 4 years of public college should only cost $10,000 total (UT currently cost 5K a semester), and trying/failing to get Texas to adopt the University of Phoenix online college model (something that was push by some of his biggest campaign contributors), meanwhile funneling 80% of the state's research grant to Texas A&M, and adding more schools to the Public University Fund, West Texas oil rights money designed to fund top tier Universities, which has only been UT/A&M for 100 years but now includes Houston, Tech, and every system school in UT, A&M, Houston, and Tech which is just ridiculous to call many of them top tier Universities; all of which is just to make Perry look good for his 2016 Presidential run.
Tons of big Money Donors battling it out for who to hire everywhere and enforce their will on the President/AD/coaches because they can.
And on top of all of this we have possible Big 12 expansion and future realignment moves (PAC12, B1G, SEC) to worry about.
Reposting this from the B1G board...
speaking of medical schools...my school is getting one.
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(take note of the Frank Erwin Center, home of UT basketball)
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(also note that they announced the final fb stadium renovation to 'bowl' it in completely in this plan possibly pushing up capacity to 110K)
Not sure if this means anything as far as realignment but I found it interesting. Texas is already a top academic institution in the top 50 annually in US News and World Report rankings and has been ranked as high as 34 in various other lists, but the lack of a medical school was severely undercutting our ability to make the next jump into the top 30 with Michigan, Cal, and UNC and break away from Washington, Wisconsin, and Florida.
The med school should take off fairly quickly as Texas already has a great Pharmacy school on campus and has 6 top medical centers in the UT system including UT Southwestern (Dallas), UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston), UT Medical Branch (in Galveston,), and UT Health Science Centers in San Antonio, Houston, and Tyler.
Also, the medical school will allow for Texas to eventually expand and add other related grad schools like Dentistry, Veterinary (take that Aggies), and even (crazy and this sounds) Marine Biology (in cooperation with the Medical Branch in Galveston).
But if you want to take anything from these stories, let’s just underline that THIS is the reason Texas is interested in joining the Big Ten or PAC16 and not the SEC or staying in the Big 12 long term as Kansas and Iowa State should not be UT’s closest peer’s in their conference. Texas want to be surrounded by other likeminded institutions which only the Big Ten and PAC16 can provide.
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...