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Debbie Yow expected to be named N.C. State athletic director Friday


Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow is expected to take the same position at North Carolina State on Friday, according to two sources close to the Maryland athletic department.

Yow said in a text message Thursday night that she will be on N.C. State’s campus in Raleigh on Friday to meet with school officials and discuss the school’s vacant athletic director position.

While Yow stopped short of acknowledging she had taken or been offered the job, an N.C. State source said the school is preparing to host a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Kathleen Worthington, Maryland’s senior associate athletic director, also acknowledged in a phone interview that Yow will interview in Raleigh on Friday.

“Has a contract been signed? Is it a done deal? No,” said Worthington, who spoke with Yow on Thursday. “But if something is going to happen, I anticipate it’s going to get done quickly.”

Comcast SportsNet first reported Thursday night that Yow would leave Maryland for N.C. State.

“I am visiting down there tomorrow, that is all I can say now,” Yow said in a text message. “Gave my word.”

According to a Maryland athletics department official, no news conference will take place at Maryland tomorrow regarding Yow’s standing at the university.

N.C. State has been searching for a new athletic director since May 4 when Lee Fowler announced his resignation. Fowler officially will step down on June 30. N.C. State assembled a 13-member search committee to find his successor.

A native of North Carolina, Yow graduated from Elon University. Her sister, Kay, who died of breast cancer in 2009, served as the women’s basketball coach at N.C. State for 34 years.

Hired by Maryland in 1994 as the first female athletic director in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Yow was the second-longest tenured athletic director in the conference behind only Wake Forest’s Ron Wellman.

The Maryland athletic department expanded to include 27 teams during Yow’s time in College Park, and since 1995 the Terrapins have won 20 national championships in six sports. Yow put an emphasis on balancing the athletic department’s budget, something that had not been accomplished in the decade prior to her arrival.

Yow oversaw the construction of Comcast Center, which opened following the 2002 men’s basketball national championship season and has since served as the athletic department’s headquarters. Other athletics facilities, including Byrd Stadium, have undergone upgrades since Yow’s arrival.

In recent years, tensions rose in the athletic department while the team’s revenue sports experienced turbulent seasons.

Last fall, according to multiple high-ranking Maryland donors, Yow attempted to raise funds necessary to buy out football Coach Ralph Friedgen, who was in the midst of a 2-10 season. After such funds could not be attained, it was announced Friedgen would return for the 2010 season.

Multiple high-ranking Maryland boosters said Yow contacted them during the 2008-09 men’s basketball season to gauge their interest in buying out Coach Gary Williams’s contract.

In January 2009, Williams and Worthington engaged in a public disagreement that garnered significant media attention. Yow called a news conference to issue public support for Williams following the dispute, which stemmed from the handling of a former recruit.

Led by Williams, who Yow nominated earlier this spring for the Hall of Fame, the Terrapins made a dramatic turnaround and finished the 2008-09 season in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Yow’s Maryland contract is set to expire Aug. 31, 2013. A search for Yow’s replacement would be complicated by the fact that Maryland President C.D. Mote Jr. has announced he will retire effective Aug. 31 and no successor has yet been named.

Once source close to the Maryland athletic department said Thursday night that Connecticut Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway could emerge as a potential target to replace Yow. Hathaway, a Maryland alumnus, served in numerous capacities in the Maryland athletic department from 1982 to ’90.

By Steve Yanda and Eric Prisbell  |  June 24, 2010; 10:10 PM ET
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Ding dong the wicked witch is gone!!!

Posted by: Chief2 | June 24, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

If she does leave, maybe UConn AD Jeff Hathaway will come back. He's local - New Carrollton/Dematha/UMD. Very experienced, and used to work in the MD athletic Dept.

Posted by: 141stvb | June 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just wow. I knew this was a possibility with Mote gone at the end of the summer, but it's still pretty shocking. Whatever you think of her alleged beef with Gary over the years, we are losing one of the best ADs in the business.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Alleged beef? Right....Good riddance, Chairman Yao. Lets get a real AD that supports Football and Basketball, not Competitive Cheerleading.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | June 24, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse


As Homer Simpson would say, "So long jerk."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Now Gary can get the credit and security he deserves while Fridge, you are now on the clock if the new AD even lets it start.

Posted by: flee001 | June 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Is Fridge next????

Posted by: BruinSteve | June 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, couldn't get rid of Fridge because the finances were too precarious to buy him out. It was cheaper to hold on to him for another yeardespite the expectation of a losing season (and the drop in revenues that entails) than to get rid of him. Heck of a legacy Ms Yow. But, of course, she wasn't to concerned about men's sports anyway.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | June 24, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

WOw--Very surprised by this. Enjoy the step down Debbie. I'm sure the Gymkana team will miss you, but I am excited in $$ going back to the revenue sports.

Debbie we were cool til you let your ego get in the way with Gary. He wins, you lose. I'm quite cool with it. Have fun with Sid Lowe.

Posted by: jpfterps | June 24, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I will thank Ms. Yow for her years of service. Thank you. Now I'm done.

The fact is that all major college programs use football as a giant tree which sprouts money, except for us. Even ACC teams. There are about a dozen schools for which basketball is a bigger revenue draw than football, and we're one of them.

The next person needs to know how to shake down boosters and get football back on track. Feed the Big Dog and let it pull the wagon.

Fridge is, and remains, on notice. Gary gets a pass, at least for a little bit. MD, let's get it going!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 24, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Classy gesture by Debbie nominating Gary to the HOF even while she probably knew at the time she was on her way out.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 24, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

This Terp is thrilled. It's hard to imagine a more warped A.D. than Debbie Yow who hounded Gary Williams (NCAA Champions) while giving the Fridge a pass. It's crazy.

Now let's pray that Kathy Worthington is the next to go. Here's what Gary said about Worthington and how true it is:

"Kathy Worthington doesn't speak for me, she has never won a national championship, she has never done anything."

Posted by: nativedc | June 24, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Given the relative reputations of NC State vs. Maryland her choice is a mystery.

Posted by: krush01 | June 24, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor NC State:

Great for us. Anyone would be better, including Bob Wade.

Posted by: drc231 | June 25, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"I will thank Ms. Yow for her years of service. Thank you. Now I'm done.

"The fact is that all major college programs use football as a giant tree which sprouts money, except for us. Even ACC teams. There are about a dozen schools for which basketball is a bigger revenue draw than football, and we're one of them.

"The next person needs to know how to shake down boosters and get football back on track. Feed the Big Dog and let it pull the wagon."

The only way that gets done in College Park is if there's a change to the Big Ten. ACC football will never have that kind of cachet, despite the presence of Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami.

Yow did a fine job at Maryland, and part of me will miss her. However, if she represented an obstacle to the university eventually joining the Big Ten (a decision that would be made by higher-ups anyway, since the Big Ten is as much an academic as an athletic association), then I won't miss her quite so much.

Posted by: VPaterno | June 25, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

All of you people who are happy to see Debbie Yow go are morons! When she came in, the AD was in a financial death spiral, sucking the University dry. She revived the department financially and, yes, put good money toward non-revenue sports. How many men's soccer National Championships had we won before she hired Sasho Cirovski? She kept the Maryland Tradition of strong women's sports going! She hired Brenda Friese, Cathy Reese, And she did hire the Fridge! Here's hoping that her last hire, John Tillman, can finally bring a Men's Lax championship to campus. The Comcast Center, the Track and Field Complex, the athletic facilities out by Lot 4, the improvements to Byrd? All built during her watch.
As for her relationship with Gary, she was the boss. In the real world, if you're insubordinant, you get fired! Gary should have kept their problems in-house.
With an employee like Gary and her biggest supporter (Dr. Mote) leaving, this is the right time for her to leave.
Good bye Debbie Yow and thanks for all you've done for my Alma Mater's athletic department. Worst of luck with one of our rivals! (Unless, we leave for the Big 10!)

Posted by: cabterp | June 25, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yow accomplished a great deal at MD. I'll be somewhat sorry to see her leave. But she failed in some highly public matters:

1. fully succeeding in eliminating the blot of continuing criminal hooliganism not only outside the Comcast Center but inside as well (obviously University administration and public law enforcement departments deserve equal if not greater amounts of blame for this); and

2. fully reining in accomplished coach Gary Williams (who I happen to like and in some ways admire) for his personal behavior on and off the court and for the team's embarrassing academic record of the basketball players over time.

As to U-Conn's Hathaway, I can't currently think of a university with a more out of control basketball program.....repeated criminal offenses by team members (no wonder it is frequently referred to as U-Con)....lack of control and discipline.....illegal recruiting tactics by the basketball team's coaching staff, including up to hundreds/perhaps thousands of cited NCAA violations.

Whether Hathaway was in any way involved or had knowledge of all that is not the issue as bringing in the athletic director who presided over that debacle at Ct. would be a disaster for MD. Among other things, it would result in the press and the NCAA constantly scrutinizing MD. Do you want that?

Posted by: smartheart | June 25, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Amen, cabterp.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 25, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Yow managed to stay on the front page a lot by publicly arguing with her revenue-sport coaches.

Maryland could use someone who supports their coaches instead of constantly being a thorn in their side.

Posted by: Benson | June 25, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Thirding Cabterp and Barno. (I can hardly believe it...) For all the knocks Yow took, the AD was in terrible financial straits when she was hired. And she got that house in order.

As for putting money into non-revenue sports -- the AD is responsible for all of them, and it's pretty misogynistic to rip her for doing so, when it brought the University a number of National Titles. Men's FB and BB draw the big $$, but they all do count - and I'm pretty proud to have a University with a broad range of success.

It'd be better if we had more success in Football, but it's not like we were winning bowl games before Yow came in.

Posted by: dlgood | June 25, 2010 4:19 AM | Report abuse

Logged on to read about Vasquez and stumble onto this news. What a great day!

Posted by: chrisoarr | June 25, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Debbie Yow is the best AD Maryland ever had! These morons who blast her are at the bottom of the food chain!

Posted by: sbf845 | June 25, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

@ jpfterps

Gymkana pays for itself. It generates revenue through it's summer camp programs and alleviates costs by properly being part of the School of Public Health.

Posted by: bentoenail | June 25, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

This is great news for all of us who have long complained that Yow expanded non-rvenue sports at the expense of football and basketball. Increasingly, monies that boosters gave to separate funds to support those sports were often indirectly siphoned off to help pay for the non-rev sports, forcing football and basketball to dip into their separate booster funds to pay for operating expenses instead of using them for their intended purpose of helping to buy "extras" for those programs. We need a new AD who will rethink the need for 27 sports and insure that both FB and BB are fully funded since they ultimately are the engine that will drive the whole department.

Posted by: Pearl77 | June 25, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

As a Terrapin Club and football season ticket holder for over 30 years, I wish Debbie Yow the best. She was a great asset to the University of Maryland. I will miss her leadership and vision. (Thanks for the excellent farewell present--a potentially great men's lacrosse coach!)

Posted by: JJaffa | June 25, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

As a Virginia football fan, this is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, NC State's program is about to enter a period of malaise. On the flip side, Maryland might start getting better once the new AD fires the fridge.

Posted by: kemp13 | June 25, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

hallelujah followed by an amen chorus.

Posted by: emcb1230 | June 25, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

If one judges Yow by the entire athletic program, perhaps her performance was a passing grade. Perhaps.

But if we look at football and men's basketball I say, "see ya!"

Let's get an AD that really wants to build an elite men's basketball program and a strong football program. Let's get someone who realizes that to be competitive with top programs we have to devote the resources, especially to coaching and recruiting.

Posted by: petecard | June 25, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"Good riddance, Chairman Yao. Lets get a real AD that supports Football and Basketball, not Competitive Cheerleading."

Spoken like an Terrapins Insider writer, Mariolucasforthree....& like them, you probably too short-sighted to be bothered cruising by campus for anything less than men's basketball or football.

Posted by: mdrockjock | June 25, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Smart lady. get out of the College Park while you can......

Posted by: Durham2 | June 25, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

If Yow had man parts a certain copy/pasting poster would probably service Yow on a daily basis.

Just like he does anything UMD or Redskins related. Just ask Vinny Cerrato.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 25, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry to see her go. She inherited a mess and cleaned it up. As far as Ralph and Gary are concerned when they run to the media and cry because there BOSS said something. If anything Maryland needs to restore the football program that has been in decline since Ralph took over.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | June 25, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Chairman Yao, that was pretty funny. No one outside of the immediate families of the players care about the non-revenue sports. Men's football and basketball are the only sports most of us care about. The fridge should've been removed 2 years ago. Gary's a legend around these parts and it's a minor miracle that he was able to deliver a national championship for the Terps. Maryland, as a major university with a pretty good tradition in sports should be able to land a front line AD in short order.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 25, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

How hungover is Gary this morning?

Posted by: aviscardo | June 25, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I would have to say my thought on this are cautiously optomistic. Yow did do quite a bit for the university. She saw oversaw the expansion of Byrd, the building of Comcast, and the expansion/improvement of many of the athletic facilities on campus. She also got the department's finances under control to the point where Maryland can compete with the Stanfords, UCLAs, Ohio States, and North Carolinas of the college athletic universe.

However, for as much as she did for the non-revene sports (inlcuding Men's Soccer, Lacrosse, and Women's Basketball, which are almost self-sufficient now thanks to Yow), she managed to find ways to screw up the two biggest draws on campus. The publicized problems with Gary, the Franklin "coach in waiting" move, the short-changing of assistant coaches, and the complete disregard for baseball.

I think Yow was the right A.D. at the time, but I think she may have overstayed her welcome by a few years. A fresh face will be nice to draw the spotlight back to football and basketball.

Posted by: Russtinator | June 25, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

She may have balanced the budget, but her relationship with Gary--who is the highest-profile person associated with Maryland sports--was strained beyond belief.

If you're the AD and you want to fire someone, fire them, don't leave them twisting in the wind while you try to raise the money to fire them. I'm happy Gary took her on, I'm happy Gary is one who is left standing and I guess I'll just have to live with the future success of NC State's women's lacrosse program.

Posted by: PeteinAZ | June 25, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Judging by the majority of the comments, Yow must have done a decent job. Being an AD is not a popularity contest. Balancing the budget, building Comcast Center, upgrading the stadium; all the while raising the overall level of MD athletics. I wish her luck.

Posted by: Ratzoe | June 25, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@VPaterno, et al. - I fully appreciate what Ms. Yow has done for the University over the years. We were laden with debt, and the collective exodus of Dick Dull, John Slaughter, Lefty, Bobby Ross, et al. completely trashed any institutional leadership or memory. She was a big piece in righting the athletic department.

Fast forward to today, where Miami and Virginia Tech rake in 27M on football, and Clemson 35M. Maryland made 14M, third from the bottom ahead of Wake and Duke.

The average is 21.5M. Even if we did AVERAGE, you can drool over what the Athletic Dept. could do with an extra 7.5M in their pocket.

"Discuss." GO TERPS!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ok I think we can all agree it was time for Yow to go now let's hope Worthington is gone as well. Anyone remember Jim Kehoe and his outrageous suits?

Posted by: nativedc | June 25, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Yow never undermined Gary. It was his drinking and time spent chasing younger women instead of recruits. Plus, his paid no attention to anything other than practice and coaching games. Yow how to keep on Gary's butt because he was letting alot slip thru the cracks.

Posted by: shoreterp1 | June 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who had been AD when MD went from paying 3 basketball coaches (Lefty, Wade, and Williams) would have presided over the UMD budget when it went from red to black.

Posted by: achamblee | June 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

+1 for those comments. Many people have forgotten how dismal the overall state of UMD athletics was prior to Ms. Yow taking over. As for football being the "Big Dog", when has Maryland football ever had that kind of pull? - the Bobby Ross era, perhaps.

Sure, Gary and Debbie were not fast friends and frankly, Gary was at fault for some of the problems. Whatever you think Debbie's attitude is to the revenue sports, you have to admit she prevented the UMD athletic program from sinking to a subpar level.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | June 25, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Like everything in life, there is good and bad. Yow did a good job in getting the department out of red ink but she went through how many football coaches? And if the Department is on solid financial ground as claimed, why couldn't she have removed Gary and Ralph like she clearly wanted to?

Fact of the matter is, she stayed too long and it was time for her to go when she made not one, but two power plays and lost on both of them.

As for the success of the Football and Men's Basketball programs, unless the new President along with a new A.D. is willing to get beyond the Len Bias/Bob Wade fallout, those programs will never reach the level many fans want.

Posted by: CapsNut | June 25, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if you can gauge the effectiveness of an AD by the type of press he or she receives; if that is the case, then I can see why most people would be glad to see Yow go.

On the other hand, her resume is very impressive. She inherited a program that was an athletic purgatory. Crumbling facilities, losing programs, and not enough support for programs outside of football and basketball led to Maryland being a joke. Since her tenure here, the school has won 20 national championships, built facilities like Comcast Center, the soccer stadium, track-and-field, that are first-rate, and she has made great hires like Freidgen, Frese, and Civroski.

Yes, her press over her "disputes" with GW and her loyalty to Fridge has put her on the naughty list for most people, but the woman has shown that she has the ability to lead a strong D-1 athletic program and lead it well. I'd wish her the best, but I don't want NC State to get better than us, so I'll simply say, "Good luck."

Posted by: ecglotfelty | June 25, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I should also add that losing the high-profile dust-ups with Gary and Ralph shows that she had lost the trust of the big $$$$$ donors. She was at the end of the line in College Park.

Posted by: CapsNut | June 25, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Will miss you Debbie. You did a great job. Dealt with a huge budget deficit. Princeton Review now rates us at the best athletic facilities in the nation.

Posted by: steven09 | June 25, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Yow was at the end of the line after the dust-ups with Gary and the fact that she didn't have the political ammo to get rid of Ralph after another losing season. She saw the writing on the wall that the donors were tired of her and moved on. I seriously hope that the UMD search committee looks outside the university for a new AD. I think the current Senior Assoc. AD has been polluted by working with Yow and has a horrible rapport with Gary.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 25, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

ok then...the run of 7 straight women's lax NCs ended under Yow. We should have gotten rid of her years ago....

I agree with the point that her job is not a popularity contest. A huge piece of the drop-off in FB revenues was crappy team + crappy weather this last season. Unconcerned about who they bring in at this point because I don;t feel the proper frame of reference to judge. Nice point on Gymkana but I have no idea what that it a sport? I thought it was an anti-drug and booze campaign of some sort. Good to see some of the regulars posting.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | June 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

VPaterno.....The ACC is the best major athletic conference in the nation (unless you include the Ivy League as a major conference). I've had this discussion with other Big Ten advocates. They are a clear second. Match the two conferences up for yourself. It becomes quickly clear.

Big Ten supporters simply think more of themselves academically than the facts show.

Academically, the ACC is the best major athletic conference in the country.

Posted by: steven09 | June 25, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

All you haters are crazy...she did a hell of a job during her tenure. We should thank her for her time with us and allow her to leave w/ dignity. There may have been road bumps along the way, but that's a director's assess performance and managed egos.

Posted by: leetn | June 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

All you haters are crazy...she did a hell of a job during her tenure. We should thank her for her time with us and allow her to leave w/ dignity. There may have been road bumps along the way, but that's a director's assess performance and managed egos.

Posted by: leetn | June 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

AD at Oklahoma, Castiglione, he’s a MD grad, but would he leave OU to come back to his alma mater?

Posted by: steven09 | June 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, moving from university of maryland to NC State is not a promotion and therefore not a rational move unless she was on the way out.

Good riddance.

Posted by: nativedc | June 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you NC State! Now lets watch the athletic programs blossom.
Gary will continue to do his thing, but I can't help but think.... I bet he's got a big grin on his face today.

Posted by: NatyPete | June 25, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand these guys trashing Yow. I guess they don't remember when she first got here the football, basketball and any other Maryland team was in the toilet. Also, the campus looked like a Division II campus. Look at the athletic program during her (Yow) tenure here, new sport teams added, new track and field stadium, renovated Byrd Stadium, Comcast Center, national respect etc.

I think Ms. Yow is a great business woman and that the University of Maryland will miss her dearly. ENOUGH SAID!!!

Posted by: carterm1 | June 25, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

How much of that was Yow and how much already in gear post Bias is a question. Her tenure was great for awhile but we need new direction. Fridge brought all on himself, but Gary did more and was there first. Lets go back to being a BB conference. I see no advantage to being in big ten; cold weather etc.

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Posted by: mikee1940 | June 25, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! You Terps are too much; however I find out that usually the loudest naysayers usually never went near the institution they're backing...

Here at NC State, we'll gladly take Debbie Yow as our new AD. UMd should be ashamed of themselves, what with that huge talent pool in the DC area, Gary should have at least as many National Championships as State has won in the modern era! Also, football... mercy! Can't you at least coach-up a roster-sized contingent of the 40 oz. crowd that proliferates the urban areas there for Fridge to utilize?

Also, why can't you be ratcheting-up the rivalries that exist all around you with WVU, Pitt, Marshall, etc., like we have with Duke and Carolina down here? We ALL always get major sellouts (even in our down years), and the constant yearlong smack talk makes for excellent relationships - both good & bad. Preferably, I like the bad better, living in Chapel Hill and going to a Duke or Carolina establishment to jaw jack with others about State.

I'm sure she's leaving because she couldn't squeeze any more revenue out of that turnip. It was hilarious what a UMd grad told me once as I returned to Charlotte & mentioned I had passed through College Park. "Why?" he said, "Were you lost?" Not exactly attractive, like our area, which makes Southern Living what it's all about for this native New Jerseyan.....

So, hey we'll take our chances with Sidney Lowe (whose recruiting finally turned the corner), Tom O'Brien, & now Debbie Yow.

Posted by: Architectu2 | June 25, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

AD at Oklahoma, Castiglione, he’s a MD grad, but would he leave OU to come back to his alma mater?

Posted by: steven09 | June 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Check out alumni donations and revenues generated by OU football and you've answered your own question.

Posted by: randysbailin | June 25, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Also, why can't you be ratcheting-up the rivalries that exist all around you with WVU, Pitt, Marshall, etc., like we have with Duke and Carolina down here? We ALL always get major sellouts (even in our down years), and the constant yearlong smack talk makes for excellent relationships - both good & bad. Preferably, I like the bad better, living in Chapel Hill and going to a Duke or Carolina establishment to jaw jack with others about State.

Posted by: Architectu2 | June 25, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

What rivalry do you have w/ Duke and Carolina? They use the NC State game as a tune-up to face each other. John Wall's from Raleigh. Do you think he considered going to NC State for more than 5 seconds?

Posted by: randysbailin | June 25, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Hathaway, at least on paper, would seem like a good choice. He knows a thing or two about basketball, and I imagine Gary will seem like Mother Teresa next to Coach Pricklepants. Plus, UConn's revenues in football (13.5M) are about the same as ours - not too shabby for a team that only recently jumped to the FBS.

Our football is only slightly smaller a shovel-ready project than jumping divisions, so this should be old hat.

Castiglione would be great; he knows how to shake hands and make friends. But no, I don't think he'll leave OU for here.

And no, joining the Big Ten wouldn't fix our money problems. 8 of the top 10 football revenue schools are from, drum roll, the SEC.

1. Texas 87.6 million
2. Ohio State 68.2
3. Florida 66.2
4. Georgia 65.2
5. Alabama 64.6
6. LSU 61.9
7. Penn State 61.8
8. Auburn 58.6
9. South Carolina 57.1
10. Notre Dame 56.9

Source: US Dept of Ed.

87M is simply jaw dropping. I'm not even saying we would or could do those kinds of numbers, but just think of where we would be if we did AVERAGE.

Step 1: find campus president.
Step 2: find athletic department CEO.
Step 3: ?
Step 4: Profit!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 25, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

My drunken mistake: Texas is most assuredly NOT in the SEC. But not for lack of trying.

Anyway: all revenue sharing agreements are not created equal. Even though the football revenues in the Big Ten are, far and away, bigger than the ACC and SEC (2nd and 3rd), it depends on how the pie gets cuts - and I would expect that OSU and PSU (and probably Michigan) get bigger cuts than the Northwesterns.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 25, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Miss Randi....

Obviously, you've internalized the shortcomings of your program & chose to ignore them, since you didn't respond to ANY of my points.

However, you do make mine... either you missed a few classes in Cognitive Thinking, Poli Sci, Speech Therapy, etc., or you never got near a college campus. If State is indeed a tune-up game for the best programs in the country, then EVERYONE in the ACC, plus the Marshalls, Pitts(whom we took out early in the football season before they started running the table), etc., is the Terps' Daddy. Furthermore, your extreme avoidance of the article's subject matter tells me that you're scared of ANY 1st-class competition. The joke we have in NC is West Virginians end up here because that's about the range of one tank of gas. But, in that pathetic world that's become "Maryland athletics," it's even worse - in order to get to any away game, your fan base can't make it outside the Metro area without a bus pass, much less afford to stay the night in Morgantown or an expensive city like.... Pittsburgh?! Even for what I own up to as a minor bowl in Charlotte, the Meineke Bowl, I can't even think of a scenario where the Terps would get invited. There's just no bulge in the wallet which is the overarching premise of my entire previous posting that either you didn't read or chose to ignore.

So, keep it real on those rims, & we'll take Debbie Yow, while your train wreck of a program goes through its decline....

Posted by: Architectu2 | June 26, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

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