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  1. Grandview wanted to schedule an echo-cardio stress test. I told them I watch Auburn basketball. They said no need to come in. Go figure, Auburn basketball is saving on health expenses. Another benefit of winning.
  2. Praying specifically for peace, comport and strength. I pray for the all the time you have is full of love and closeness. In Jesus.
  3. Season / Halftime: Malzahn said his thought process on going conservative at the half: "How many points can they really score versus our defense" (LSU) Bowl / Halftime: Your losing! Show the video of the last minute of last years bowl game again!
  4. I think the coaches throwing in the players face failure in the last bowl and in this season - showed the last minute of last years bowl - is not really a pick-me-up - but it sure is a motivator. You can credit great play calling, but there's a pep in the players - you can see it. There's blood in the water and they've turn to sharks. Aubie is off the chain. I'm pretty sure we're not going to have another "we're comfortable at halftime" scenario either.
  5. So I headed off to a presentation about bullying this past weekend and the current state of research. Here are a couple takeaways: 1) I did not know: Bullying (and yes I asked explicitly if this applies to abuse like Nasser/MSU) -- extreme punitive measures are not as effective compared to interruption interventions. Research shows other predictors are not likely to be deterred if Nasser gets a 175 year jail sentence. If a predator is caught early and held accountable, even though being early caught early means less punishment, works as stronger and far longer lasting deterrent and corrective behavior. It does mean intervening quickly in every instance. 2) Those in authority are rarely held accountable. 3) There are known indicators that can be used to identify and quantify abuse and bullying. Most people lack the skills or training to see them, or the size to the group they are looking masks the problem. 4) Oddly enough - those you would think have authority (the principal, US Gymnastics Committee, MSU staff) have far less LEGAL authority than you would believe. Basically they are required to report felonies but are not judicial delegates of the law. They are loosely required by law to notify police abuse or suspicion of abuse of a minor - but oft times even in the most blatant situations - an authority figure will say they didn't see it or it didn't recognize the issue. After the fact it's difficult to tell who is lying and who is just trying to wiggle out of trouble. 5) In regards to bullying, there is no central focus of accountability for children protection. Child services within the legal framework is usually a mop-up. 6) Schools, athletic organizations etc. are usually ill-equipped, under trained, and understaffed to identify and deal with child protection issues. Even for organizations that try, there are legal boundaries and restrictions His recommendations: There is really no central "bill of rights" that defines the civil rights for minors. Individual groups, schools and organizations hare trying - but it is not consistent nor has legal teeth. The current protections that are actions of law are usually violence related (think Nasser.) An independent legal authority is needed that focuses on strictly on child crimes. Youth organizations should be required by law to meet certain compliance standards - the most important is the legal authority is notified within a certain time period (say three days) for a violation or suspected violation. Basically make it illegal not to turn it over. Investigations must be removed from the source to avoid conflict of interest. An legal entity that oversees child protection compliance that should be required for schools, athletic organizations, etc. Currently, the only guidance is "don't be negligent" - hard to define, execute and uphold.
  6. I've been a senior manager or executive of some sort since the mid-eighties. I normally say that having to fire someone is the hardest part of my job - but reading this thread reminds me how much I loathe dealing with sexual harassment issues.
  7. I've performed executive searches before and the I didn't even know who the candidates were until the contractor screened and gave me the list. The names thrown so far out are ones who expressed interest in Auburn and made it publicly known. Typically executive searches are very discreet.
  8. Not not sure I can connect these dots. Hows does AD understanding of football relate to athletics management? Contract management, merchandising, licensing, legal and ethical compliance, scheduling, facilities and equipment etc. I actually don't want someone who coddles football - because you then create a preferential environment that leads to ethical and legal problems (read as "covering someone's behind when they should be shown the door.") Remember, JJ did not leave because of sports performance - it was legal exposure of the University to issues that should have never occurred, required to be exposed and dealt with. Hiding in shadows and covering ill behavior can bring down entire programs and damage Auburn deeply. I actually oppose hiring a football centric AD. I want a senior manager who knows how to handle a large amount of money, withstand groups of strong personalities (think coaches, board (<-especially,) and fans as a whole,) and can direct to instill a solid level of moral and legal integrity in all athletic programs. The AD is responsible to make sure the coaches (football coaches primarily for us) perform to the level they are expected and find the resources necessary to make that happen. We have problems when board members or AD or AD staff begin telling the coaches what assistants they're going to get or meddle in internal schedules (training for instance,) etc. The AD is required to tell the coaches to pack sand if the program gets off the rails. Why would we want a football centric AD? So the AD can tell GM to run more slants? I stole the following with a few markups of my own. Coordinators and position coaches are managers: A manager is in charge of something: resources, people, projects, programs, accounts; a manager might also be a part-time individual contributor Head coach is a director: A director is in charge of something bigger: multiple managers, an entire discipline, multiple projects; a director often doesn't have time to be an individual contributor The AD is an officer: A chief officer is not only in charge of something big (like multiple directors, or an entire aspect of the business), but is also an officer of the company and so has specific legal and stockholder obligations that managers and directors often don't.
  9. Here you go - as I understand it - if any of you qualify knock yourself out. An athletic director (AD) is an administrator who oversees athletic programs and staff. Remember at our level this person is a manager (COO) of athletics. Description responsible for supervising all the details related to smoothly functioning athletic departments making sure that teams meet national or conference ethical and legal standards (emphasis mine) oversees financial, practical, and legal matters pertaining to the schools’ teams does not generally work directly with student athletes works closely with coaches and is generally responsible for hiring and firing decisions regarding coaches and athletic staff successfully promote a school’s teams acts as a liaison between athletic and academic departments. supervises or is directly responsible for details regarding team schedules, transportation and equipment. promoting and fund-raising for athletic departments public relations regarding the school’s athletic department Necessary Skills communication, management and organizational skills required communicate with people at various levels, including coaches, faculty, alumni and parents. public speaking skills skills in understanding finances and budgets, legal regulations time management is crucial Emphasis mine - think basketball and softball directly, a number of other sports . Ignore at your own peril. Skill or even a simple understanding of a particular sport doesn't seem to be a qualification. JJ did not leave because of sports performance. He left because of breakdowns/violations of legal and ethical handling of school staff (coaches/asst coaches) and student athletes. We better find someone who can handle THAT task exceptionally, everything else excellently. Keep in mind the AD is the final contract point but coaches are usually found by search committees. Now take the resume's and score them against the requirements- remove your personal bias - we want the best hire.
  10. Interesting. This makes her resume' more appealing to me. Here is a listing of AU merchandise licensees. AU Merchandise Licensees. We're (at the time of the report) # 11 overall and "Auburn football ranked fifth among SEC schools for revenue in one Forbes report, netting the institution around $66 million per year." During the 2010 season we were # 4 nationally, #2 SEC. This person manages/oversees staffing , budget, compliance, and contract negotiations. The x's and o's are done on a balance sheet not a play book. The AD is responsible to establish and oversee staff and committees that do specific searches or functions in particular areas: for instance, finding a coach, overseeing a capital building project or driving a fair legal resolution. A sports guru is not the right choice. That is the person you call in as a consultant when you search for a coach. Same as you call in an attorney when it's time to address a lawsuit. Read the rest on at your own risk. So to address how does the AD get in the crawl space of Tuberville? Where do those "manipulation" remarks come from? Take a lesson from Congress. Congress. doesn't really make a budget per se, they make laws that manipulate and stipulate how the money is spent. For instance, "a line item" is actually a item of law and not a budgetary amount. So line item veto is a veto executed on a element of law. Congressional budget looks like "it is legal to spend 2.3 trillion on defense, but it is only legal to use 2.8 to 3.2 million of that for My Favorite University to study the environmental impact of paint chips off the bumpers of armored vehicles; or 800 billion to the highway department, but the law says you must include a 6.13 million dollar safe space at every rest area in Nevada. Congress doesn't actually create and oversee these projects - they just make it illegal to do anything else. So in essence the real core of fraud waste and abuse comes literally from lawmakers not budget directors. Go figure. The AD staff manipulates resources and contracts to coerce and control resources and people. The real issue is how necessary continuity and stability are to these programs. A board member can't fire you, but they can use their influence to zero your assistant budget unless you hire so and so - in far so many more words. You may be allowed to hire a football assistant as long as that person is the age of 21 between Jan 1 and Jan 31 or 2017, has taken these courses, live's off campus but no more than 3/4 of a mile away, and has work experience two years ago of 63 days exactly at Chik-Fil-A. ... to the point that only one person qualifies.
  11. This. +100 As about as succinct and correct as can be stated. The AD is managing people and programs not teams. A lot of people need to clear their thinking. I'm believe we need to contract an executive search company. This option also forces a clear mission statement for the hire. The kind of person I'd like comes with a referral letter from someone like Tim Cook. (For fun you should look at his resume. He builds success. It's a pattern.)
  12. My suggestion is far more dramatic. Add a few teams (as suggested by some) to both SEC East and West. Then split them into two divisions. Georgia would now be out of conference. Couple this with an eight team playoff (add a game) and pluck the top division winners for CFP. Adding teams to both would give SECE and SECW the required number of opponents. Miami, Clemson and Florida State would all be good candidates for SECE (snicker.) Yes, massive realignment.
  13. I hope the players all get a new dodge and a really nice suit for Christmas ... oops - wait - wrong forum I hope the players all know how much we appreciate and love them - they poured it on until they poured it all out. I hope the coaches get a really long stocking filled all they way to the bottom (depth!) and find new ways to use it all. I hope Tigers Unlimited lets us check off an option so us sunshine pumpers can sit together even when times aren't so sunshiney.
  14. This helps. Make sure to get the crimson and white one.