BC report: Talks with New AD candidates expected to begin

When the Labor Day weekend is over, expect Boston College VP Leo Sullivan,  who is the point man on the search for the new athletic director for BC, to begin talking to candidates. The goal remains to have a new AD in place by Oct. 1.

BC has had no shortage of candidates since Gene DeFilippo announced his retirement two weeks ago. BC’s main criteria remains a combination of youth and experience, someone who is currently an AD at a major school and has some experience with BCS level of football competition, is a proven fund-raiser and will have ideas on how to bring more people back into the stands.

The next tier of candidates will include associate and assistant ADs who are ready to move up, but BC still feels it has a list of sitting ADs who might be interested in coming to The Heights.

Oh, and the next AD should be comfortable working in the sometimes unique environment of BC athletics and its community.

With that in mind, we are giving our first AD odds, based on profile and fit as much as anything. Mutual interest should help, but don’t expect the top candidates to apply for the job. They will have to be recruited.

Here’s our list

1. Boo Corrigan, Army  5-2.

Pluses: Has pedigree, experience and youth. Youngest son of former Duke  and ND AD and ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan. ACC background and a Notre Dame degree, worked at both Army and Navy.

Minuses–Has been at Army less than two years, might want to hold out for a return to ND.

2. Tim Pernetti, Rutgers     7-1

Pluses: Young, fund-raiser, BCS experience,  knows the terrain at BC–a Jersey guy. Might be enticed to leave his alma mater for BC which offers more security for the future–Big East remains in turmoil

Minuses–More public than private school background, might not want to leave his alma mater.

3. Jim Fiore, Stony Brook  15-1

Pluses: Young, aggressive fund-raiser. Knows how to build.

Minuses: Limited experience with BCS level football program, although Stony Brook (which plays BC next season) is moving up.

4.   Mike Bobinski, Xavier    20-1

Pluses: Young aggressive builder, familiar with Catholic school environment. knows how to hire coaches–Thad Matta, Sean Miller, Chairmen of men’s basketball committee, which is a high-profile, highly coveted position.

Minuses: No major FBS football experience

5. Chris May, Saint Louis  25-1

Pluses: Great fund-raiser, builder at Saint Louis. Aggressive personality, More than 25 years experience at Saint Louis and Colorado. Catholic school experience.

Minuses–Hasn’t been the head guy at a football school, but was a key figure in football at Colorado. No ACC, East coast experience.

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  6 comments for “BC report: Talks with New AD candidates expected to begin

  1. jeffrey maciejowski
    September 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Enjoy reading your website very much. I will miss your weekly Globe report on college football.

    Do you think the associate AD at Wisconsin, Sean Frazier has a shot for the AD job? I think he would be a good choice…..WIS always has good programs in the 3 major college sports…..football….hockey and basketball. Also has MASS. ties from his days at Merrimack.

    • Mark
      September 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I think they want to go with an AD right now.

  2. Rock.o
    September 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I was hoping for an ‘outside the box’ candidate to emerge. Are there any people who are not currently working as an AD or assistant AD in the mix?

    • Mark
      September 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Not on the A list as far as I know

  3. John Pedicini
    August 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Is Curry (KSU) in play?

    • Mark
      August 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      He would be, but is signed through 2018, I think, which is probably why BC will shy away from making that move.

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