The clock is now ticking and while there is not an overwhelming sense of urgency, there is a feeling among BC officials that the person to replace Gene DeFilippo needs to be identified, vetted, interviewed and hired by the middle of September.
Look for an Oct 1 starting date.
BC will not have a shortage of candidates. It is a good job and BC paid well. DeFilippo was paid approximately $550,000 last year, but he made twice as much as that two years ago because of options which kicked in to his contract that was on perennial 5-year roll over basis.
So money is not the issue. What is important is whether the new person fits into the BC culture. BC is not like many other colleges. You could make a strong argument that despite the recent lack of success in the majority of the revenue producing sports, it is better than most other colleges.
Great campus, great school, great city, with a strong network of alumni who will take care of BC grads when they are finished with their education.
But the big time athletics is a different world. Murkier, dirtier. You have to get your hands dirty sometimes, even if you are not dirty.
Scandals-ranging from point shaving, gambling, academic fraud to down right cheating are part of the picture more and more often these days.
Under Gene DeFilippo’s 15-year run, BC athletics has been clean of major violations–give Gene credit for that.
He also must be young–look for under 50, someone from an FBS school (football still drives the bus) someone who will sell BC on the golf course, at banquets and in negotiations for radio and television rights (which is part of the conference picture as well).
There are candidates out there and they will be calling and BC will call back. One person they might call is Rutgers’ athletic director Tim Pernetti. He is 42 and for the past three years as been part of a major project of building or rebuilding Rutgers into a big time, viable program not only in the Big East, but nationally. He fits the mold they have in mind.
There is still lots of work to be done but the infrastructure is there.
Will Pernetti come? BC should ask, at the very least, and find out.
The reason for this haste is simple in one regard. The BC football program is in some turbulent waters right now.
Another losing season will capsize the boat and BC football will have new leadership.
The new AD will make the call, which makes sense. Having someone in place by Oct. 1 will allow two months of evaluation of not only the entire athletic program, but also the football program.
We do not know who it will be, but we are almost certain of what their profile will be.
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