THURS 09/15 (CLICK)

BobLee
September15/ 2011

All things considered, go to Ace
….. surely everyone understands the retail phenomenon of “big box stores”.  I am equidistant from a Lowe’s and a Ace Hardware.  Unless I need lumber, I always go to Ace first for gizmos and whatnots.  I get fine service at both, but just feel good supporting the Ace folks.

Two NFL guys I like
….. listening to are Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards.  I always learn something from them about the pro football.   Neither one takes himself too seriously.  I like that in people.

UNC’s AD Search
….. is progressing apparently.  A bit like the College of Cardinals picking a pope. I’m hearing that “salary” may be a BIG issue.  So I dashed off the following:

Memo To UNC AD Search Committee:  Hi guys (and gals).  Can I assume you’ve decided on the shape of the table by now and will not be considering any one named Moon Unit, Shadrak, Uncle Julius, or “Dickie” this time around, I hope all goes well.
I hear the BOT thinks $300,000 is plenty enough to pay a Director of Athletics.  It probably is; but this is Big Time College Athletics so lets not be prisoners to common sense.  It’s 2011 and $300,000 in today’s market gets you a nice little man, totally devoid of gravitas and leadership skills, who really really loves his alma mater but doesn’t know diddly, jack or squat about “directing” a large athletics department.   I can get you a nice little man with zero  gravitas who really really loves his alma mater for under $50,000 if that’s really all you can afford.
The going rate for experienced “big boy ADs” is $500-800,000.  None of whom will have ever read Look Homeward Angel, if that’s still important to you.
Staying internal & on the cheap with any of “Dickie’s boys” will have a board monkey riot on your hands.  It would almost be worth it to see that, but probably a really bad idea unless de-emphasizing UNC athletics really is the objective.
A sports out-sider from the corporate world could be a good idea.  College Athletics ain’t brain surgery.   A good savvy nuts & bolts “leader /manager” could be fine unless “will work cheap” is the #1 reason you pick him.  Such folks don’t come cheap.
I wonder if Charlie Cobb is on the short list?  THAT would be interesting I think.
With any UNC major hire the dark cloud of diversity always hovers.  If that’s a “must” for you, can I recommend a gay Commanche midget.  I don’t know one off-hand but surely Carr & Associates can find one.
Let me know how I can help.  ….. Hark The Sound: BL

PS: Rock Star Coaches’ mega-salaries are “justified” that they fill stadium/arena seats.  Can a mere administrator be a mini rock-star and merit more $$$ than a Chancellor …. at “a wannabe-Ivy” ???

How’s Coach Withers doing
….. I wasn’t there but my spies report no significant faux pas from last week’s W over Rutgers.  Ev is now 2-0 going into the UVa game.  If he never ever loses I predict he will be around a long time.  If UNC does choose to keep him, they can get him cheap …. if that’s important; and I’m betting it is.

Mark Gottfried will parachute
….. into Carter-Finley at half-time this week.  I think that’s cool.  Has the phrase “Monte Kiffin on a horse” been mentioned 10,000 times since Mark’s jump was announced?  I bet it has been.  On the DANGER meter, where does sky diving rate compared to “pissing off Larry Drew’s mamma?”

My Saying Good Things About
…. a rival school (Wake Forest) ALWAYS upsets a certain faction of UNCers.  Thats not why I do it but its a nice added bonus.

Texas joining The ACC
….. THAT wild-ass-rumor certainly sent the board monkeys into deep space this week.  I’m for anything that creates chaos and utterly defies logic ….. so why not?

CASTLE returns next week
….. I like Castle so that makes me happy.

NCAA goons returned to Chapel Hill on Wednesday
….. the same day Barack Obama came to NC State.  All’s we needed was a Crystal Mangum & Mike Nifong wedding in Durham to have a Triangle TriFecta. …… When asked why they were back, an NCAA official smiled slyly and said oh, we just felt like it ….”

bdip bdip bdip …. That’s All Folks.

BobLee

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