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September 17, 2009

Could Adams pull a Dick Cheney?

Our high regard for Michael Adams is well known. Today it was announced that Mike Adams is going to chair the search committee to replace Myles Brand as NCAA President. It is difficult to know what impact chairing the search committee might have on his rumored candidacy for the job. He appears to be downplaying any interest in the position.

"I am not a crook." Deloitte & Touche still disagree.

It's not as outlandish as it might seem. The average tenure for a college president is 8.5 years. Il Duce is getting long in the tooth, as college presidents go. The NCAA job is high enough profile to be appealing. Might Adams follow in the footsteps of a previous search committee chair who found none as qualified as he? Do we want him to?

While "Adams Steps Down" has the mellifluous sound of a choir of angels, might he do college football more harm than good as NCAA President? Adams is a well known, if poorly received, advocate of a playoff system. Current contractual arrangements notwithstanding, he would certainly be in a position to impose a playoff system as NCAA President. BCS fans, take heart because he is also a well known hypocrite and sellout. This story is going to be interesting to follow.

UPDATE: AJC reports Adams is on the shortlist to replace Brand. His statement "I'd never talk publicly about two things, jobs or money. I love the University of Georgia. My plan is to be here until retirement," is positively Saban-esque.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

This isn't exactly on point, but I hate that man with the fire of 1000 suns.

7-5 said...

It's still too soon to be jockeying for position here and our thoughts and prayers should still be with Mr. Brand's family.

But with the inevitable of sports today and the WWL means that everything must be decided now. With that, I will lead the campaign for the honorable Dr. Adams to move his residence from 30609. All donations can be sent to ThisHasn'tComeSoonEnough@uga.edu I wish the best of luck to Dr. Adams's future endeavors.

Dawgnoxious said...

Anon @ 9:09, you are squarely on point.

And to be clear, we mean no disrespect to Myles Brand. His family deserves our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid his ham handed handling of his advocacy for a playoff dooms his efforts (and make no mistake, I'm sure there is a an effort being made by him) to become the next NCAA pres.

Dawg Stephen said...

How do we know he hasnt been lobbying for the job the whole time?

pumpdawg said...

Gotta wonder what Sonny thinks about this.

Crane said...

We Coach Calloway him upstairs.

In other new Tech Just threw the ball away on 4th down to end the game.

Anonymous said...

You can hate him all you want but for getting rid of Dooley, I will always be thankful.

Anonymous said...

mainly hate him for kickin all the frats off Lumpkin...

Anonymous said...

please please please please please go mike

Muckbeast said...

Hating Mike Adams makes no sense.

Did you enjoy UGA being a middle tier football program? That's what you had before Adams.

Adams has also more than doubled the endowment of the school since he came to UGA.

Yeah, the cocktail party thing was lame, but you're never going to agree with someone 100%.

The fact that he was able to give Dooley the punt was a god send as well. Dooley wore out his welcome right about the time he stuck us with Ray Goff.

7-5 said...

Muckbeast
And Adams had everything to do with raising the academic standards of the University and nothing to do with the HOPE scholarship.

In other news, the world is flat.

WFdawg said...

Ah, the finger quotes. Lookin' nice, Mike.

SSB Charley said...

Wait a minute. If Adams were to head up the NCAA, his office would be about half a mile down the street from mine. Crap! He should just retire.

And as an academic president, he's been nothing but horrible. In the end, that's what a president should be judged upon, not fundraising or football wins.

Anonymous said...

Dick Cheney chaired a search committee once....
You might get your wish, Paul.

jferg said...

Who would be on the short list to replace Adams? What would they do better than Adams moving forward?

81Dog said...

the only way I would be against Czar Mike leaving UGA for the NCAA (why shouldn't the entire collegiate sports world share the misery with us?) would be if Darth Leebern decided to make Suzanne Yoculan the next UGA President.

Anonymous said...

Muckbeast: All similarly situated endowments have grown over past 10 yrs with the booming economy. Georgia, however, has not kept pace w/ peer institutions. Further, many give regardless of Adams just as many tithe even if they think the current preacher stinks. Adams took the very top donors from the respective schools when he came in for his sole cultivation with middling success. Some like him. Some can't stand him and have stayed away.

It'd be nice if we had a president interested in attracting hot shot researchers. This was Knapp's MO. Knapp had his flaws, but that's what his goal was and he was successful. Adams' goal was to become Governor or Senator. His personality ruined those chances so now he just needs something that feels *prestigous*. This is picture perfect. I feel like the dog in the Far Side pic below

http://morethananelectrician.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/cat-fud/

Anonymous said...

AP story reported. AJC rewrote.

Tommy said...

Pull a Dick Chaney? You mean shoot his friend in the face? Only every day and twice on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

In a process that resembled a Cuban election, Adams just named Jere Morehead Provost.

Doug said...

Adams also stuck us with his good buddy, Jim Harrick, against Dooley's better judgment.

Yes, we traded in Donnan for Richt, but that's blind-squirrel/acorn stuff as far as Adams is concerned. The NCAA presidency is the kind of position designed to be filled by a major buzzkill, and I can't think of a better candidate than King Mike.

Hunkering Hank said...

"ADAMS LICKS BALLS"

Any young entreprenuer should be able to sell at least 10,000 of those t-shirts on campus prior to the Arizona State game.

Seriously, last week I sat next to a guy that was selling shirts that said "Our Cox Beats Your Cocks" and he had made $3,000.00.

I'm just sayin.

Will said...

I'm sure the real reason he won't talk about money in public is simply legal CYAing in case he decided to use $10K in University money for a relatives graduation party again.

Scott said...

I have not donated money to UGA since 2003. Instead, I put the money into CDs. If Adams leaves, I will cash in the CDs when they mature and donate all funds, including the interest, to the University. I don't care what anyone thinks of Adams, his significant sin is what he did to Vince Dooley and the Jim Harrick situation. Adams' attempt to attack certain traditions is contemptible. I just dislike him.

 
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