While most of us fans are fascinated by the nuts and bolts of who Tennessee winds up hiring to replace Booch (more on that shortly), that doesn’t seem to be where the heads of some of those who administrate college sports are at. And maybe that’s something deserving of a little more attention from the great unwashed.
Here are a couple of examples of what I’m referring to. First, a quote from Penn State’s AD:
Penn State AD Sandy Barbour on the impact of the Tennessee coaching search on the future: “Our stakeholders were watching that. They go, ‘Next time Sandy makes a decision we don’t like, we’ll go on social media and get that changed.’ We all [as athletic directors] have to know that.
For some reason (I know, I know), Mark Emmert felt the need to weigh in, as well.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said when a school isn’t in alignment with all of its key leaders on an important personnel hire, “Then you get Tennessee.”
Yes, the president of the NCAA critiquing another organization’s dysfunctional behavior is about as pot calling the kettle black as it gets, but don’t let that distract you from the underlying reality that these folks are troubled by what happened to John Currie as he botched the coaching search. Here’s another example:
Uh, dude… what’s happening in Yemen is a tragedy. Currie being removed because he misread his fan base is more in the shit happens category. Speaking of which, I suspect what really bothers the likes of these folks isn’t so much the fan reaction in and of itself, but the way somebody like Phil Fulmer was able to manipulate that reaction into staging a palace coup of a sitting athletic director. Weasels, weasels everywhere and uneasy lies the crown, peeps.