Expect BC to have new AD in place by Oct. 1

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.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  5 comments for “Expect BC to have new AD in place by Oct. 1

  1. Phil_Elmassian_Score-a-thon
    August 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Wonder how TOB is feeling right now in Raleigh? The heck with our footwear situation, try to coax a couple quotes out of him re: Coach Flip.

    Keep us posted. Serious question: Would a Gary Tranquill-led offense score on a Phil Elmassian-led defense?

  2. Bobert
    August 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Pernetti took a massive pay cut to help his alma mater, where he played football, because he is actually a Jersey Guy. As in he was and still does live in Jersey.

    He’s not going to BC.

    • Why are RU fans so touchy?
      August 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      All Mark did was mention who he believes should be on their short list of replacements. If anything Pernetti’s mention should come as a compliment for RU fans. You have a young aggressive personality at the helm of a developing football program. Instead it seems like RU supporters are offended by the idea. The article wasnt who is most likely to accept the job, it was who will most likely be asked. Like Mark said, BC should atleast ask, not doing so would be a mistake. I can see it now, “We hired so in so but we really wanted to ask Pernetti. But out of respect of RU fans we decided not to ask since they reported to blogs that Pernetti took a pay cut a few years back to join RU and thus never wants to be asked for any potental openings ever. So we saved a phone call.”

  3. Pedman
    August 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    By the way, I enjoy your blog.

  4. Pedman
    August 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Why so high on Pernetti? His football hire is unproven, at best, and he is generally inexperienced. Admittedly he is articulate and looks the role, but I just don’t see the substance yet.

    It would be an interesting commentary on the state of Rutgers should he bail. Given the political environment and conference he deals with daily, one could hardly blame him for jumping ship.

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