Force Bullshit is strong in this one.
“I think it was a fad to bring in business people,” an ACC AD said. “And you saw where it resulted in a lot of them coming across like a bull in a china shop, firing people immediately, clashing with fans. Also, if I have 22 sports at my school; two of them make money. Would I run them like a business? No, of course not. I wouldn’t expect to cut 20 programs.”
No, the typical AD would rather overpay a mediocre football coach who’s got Jimmy Sexton as an agent and blow money upgrading perfectly fine facilities because he or she worried about keeping up with the competition. Let’s see how this guy would do with those 20 programs if the TV money wasn’t rolling in.
And don’t get me started on the quality work turned in by non-business ADs at places like Baylor and Penn State.
Just because Dave Brandon was totally unsuited for the job doesn’t make the rest of you folks geniuses. Or even competent.
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Is he suggesting that a successful businessman might not be successful at running a complex, non-business entity?
What about a failed businessman?
The ridiculous thing about this is the singularity of the failure. Who loses money in the casino business? There is a casino more than two hours from anything in Phildelphia, Mississippi that makes money. Two hours from NYC and 1 from Philly and you go belly up? Forgive me if I think your business acumen is for shit.
But Derek, don’t you know that “business” is the standard for everything right and good in this country?
I disagree that its the standard for all that’s “right and good”, however, because its necessary for both for economic prosperity and for maintaining our standing in the world, I am a fan of free trade and free markets. That’s why:
threats to renegotiate debt
threats to use protectionism to protect domestic workers
threats to kick out low wage workers which will necessarily raise the price of everything
a general distrust of international trade
using everything you touch to benefit yourself personally while screwing everybody else
all scares the hell out of me.
This is without question the greatest grift in American history: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-business-campaign-trail-228500
PT Barnum understated the fact when he said a sucker was born every minute. Apparently there are several born every minute.
He’s so rich that he doesn’t need donations, right? Sure. He’s glad to line his own pockets with your money though. He makes televangelists look honest.
Just for kicks, I dusted off a college copy of Mein Kampf and browsed the chapters on propaganda and politics. You could take entire paragraphs, substitute “American” for “German,” substitute “gay agenda” or “Islamist” for “Jew,” and you have Trump’s campaign in a nutshell.
Frankly, it’s chilling.
There, Senator. That’s my 200 post provocation/donation for the week.
That’s not an incidental similarity:
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
Maybe he should read them. He might better understand why American Nazis stand up and cheer when he speaks.
Alls I wanna know is, who at Tech came up with counting people on the field when they announce football game attendance numbers.
THAT’s genius (for Tech).
North Dakota State? Wasn’t P.D.Q. Bach the music director at a North Dakota State campus?
Imagine my surprise when I found out the AD stood for athletic director and not arrogant dumba$$.
I don’t care what kind of degree he has or experience they have once they get that title someone suck all their brains out. Must be a requirement for the job.
Its good to be an anonymous AD. You can’t be held accountable for saying stupid shit.
For all the crap we throw Gainesville’s way, Jeremy Foley has proven over time that you can run a profitable and successful athletic program across all sports. Florida had a worse basketball tradition than we had, but he found the right guy in Eddie Munster and won a couple of national championships. Now, has he put up with some knucklehead behavior in the name of winning games especially in the football program? Absolutely, but no one in Jort Nation cares one whit about it.
I don’t think it’s a matter of hiring a career college administrator or a business person into that role. It’s about finding the right person willing to make difficult choices, to convince donors to fund the programs, and to hire the right coaches to produce on-field results.
Just hire an ex coach or player for AD. That always works out.
Free tuition , no debt! Go Hillary!
As opposed to “free tax cuts, no debt?
Reagan, Bush and Bush 2 rang up $11 trillion in debt and handed their Democratic successors more than $1.5 trillion in annual operating deficits. Clinton balanced the budget. Obama has cut the deficit by more than half. Reagan and Bush 2 inherited zero $ deficits and left behind craters of deficit spending.
Clinton is far more likely than Trump to lower the deficit. As in, she will and he won’t. 40 years of basic history and math prove that.
I guess doubling the national debt in 8 years make you a fiscal conservative these days. Making all those tough choices has saved a ton.