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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Centenary AD announcement is strange

Centenary's announcement of a new athletic director on Tuesday, while school president Ken Schwab was in Florida, says all that needs to be said about the president's commitment to athletics.

A story that would have attracted media attention from this newspaper and all three local television stations, had a news conference been held, instead was handled as if Schwab were announcing a new English professor. Not that there's anything wrong with English professors getting hired. But the athletic director controls the only area at the school that regularly draws attention.

Were it not for athletics, a lot of people in Shreveport-Bossier City wouldn't even know the Kings Highway school existed, let alone send their prodigy there.

The other surprising thing about the announcement is that Schwab didn't even bother to personally to call two long-time staff members, who had applied for the job, to inform them that they didn't get it. That's a strange way to handle business.

Tom Tallach, who is the new AD, will probably prove to be a good hire for the Centenary athletic department. He certainly has the education, the experience and desire to move all Centenary sports forward ... unless he gets held back by a president that lacks sports commitment.


Blogger Brian Vernellis said...

I guess all those billboards about town proclaiming LSUS to be "Shreveport's university," aren't so far off then, eh?

8:24 PM  
Blogger Schembechler'sGhost said...

I was a little disappointed they didn't ask me to interview. I was a former AD with a lot of experience and would just love to have a crack at the Mid-Con, er, Summit League.

Hell, I was president of the Detroit Tigers for spell. I think I could handle little old Centenary.

It'd bring back my early days at Michigan and the way I turned that program around. They were a bunch of pansies before I got there.

Woody's looking for a job too. They hiring over at Oral Roberts??

10:31 PM  

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