At least if you aspire to being a P5 athletic director, according to Andrea Adelson. What’s the key attraction from the school’s perspective? C’mon, dog.
But in these specific cases, it’s completely understandable why so many of these programs opted for somebody with long-standing ties. Especially since an athletic director’s job increasingly relies on fundraising and tapping into the community and alums for more and more support.
It has worked for Miami. James got his very first job working in ticket sales at Miami. Before he was elevated to athletic director, Miami went through two athletic directors over a four-year span. Now, the Hurricanes have much-needed stability at the top.
In the end, that’s what any athletic department wants. Someone familiar with the fabric of a university’s culture may be better suited for the job.
Shakin’ the money loose. It’s Job One.