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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