With Debbie Yow’s move to NC State, an era has ended at the University of Maryland. Obviously this is pretty big news and as such, I feel we here at Turtledroppings.com should have some sort of opinion on it. I mean if you have a blog you have to be passionate one way or the other, right? You either praise or bash, but to tell you the truth the word to best describe my disposition tonight is “apathetic”.
Kind of weird, our AD is leaving for NC State, that should pull some kind of emotion out of me, but I just can’t find it. Should I feel betrayed? I don’t know, I kind of understand where she is coming from. If I were the AD at NC State and had a chance to come back to my native state of Maryland, I probably would too, so I can’t blame her for that.
Debbie Yow has sort of been a polarizing figure here at Maryland. There have been some great accomplishments under her reign. I think it’s been…what …19 NCAA Championships since she has been here? Including Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Woman’s Basketball, Field Hockey, and of course Woman’s Lacrosse. That is certainly quite a haul for the old Trophy Case.
But there has also been some questionable moves. First and foremost the selling of Football games. This is a particular thorn in the side of this group of Maryland fans since this occurred during our time at Maryland. Sure it may help to balance the budget, but selling games doesn’t just raise the white flag, it takes away memories that we never got to have as students.
Also though I am not a big Lacrosse Fan, nor Lacrosse Expert, the whole Dave Cottle hiring seemed to be handled poorly. That hire aggravated a lot of people and in the end turned out to be the wrong decision, so you can put that down as a black mark. Finally there have been the feuds she has had with Gary Williams and Ralph Friedgen. Though neither man is perfect, they are two people you want to be in sync with your AD.
So I guess all there is to do is wish Debbie Yow good luck. It is often hard to tell from reading whether or not sarcasm is being used, but I assure you that wish is sincere. The Terps now need to shift their focus to finding a new AD. And that is the fun part. I haven’t heard too many names mentioned and though the search is to begin immediately, I don’t see this wrapping up anytime soon. And it shouldn’t. This is a great job and we should hold out for as long as possible until we find our dream candidate. After all, it is June, it’s not like we have Homecoming and Midnight Madness right around the corner.
So with the loss of Yow, I’m kind of indifferent, but hopefully whoever ends up replacing her can generate a strong response from the fan base. Preferably a strong POSITIVE response, but when you write a blog, as long as people are passionate with the reponse, business will be good!