On the eve (ok 2 eve’s) of the Maryland football opener, according to the Baltimore Sun, The University of Maryland will name Kevin Anderson the new athletic director. Anderson comes to the Terps from Army. On the surface, the move does not thrill me. I heard Army and it didn’t exactly excite me. I knew nothing of Anderson. My thought was Army? Really a Service Academy where let’s be honest, athletics are not priority one or maybe even two. Those kids are there for much greater reasons.
According to the Sun, Jeff Hathaway from Connecticut was also a finalist. And I believe I can find a post in here from a little bit ago, where I said I wanted no part of an AD had a basketball program getting themselves into NCAA troubles. Not only that, but UCONN’s recruiting hasn’t exactly been an example of integrity. Also mentioned as a finalist was Buffalo AD, Warde Manuel. Again I know nothing of him, but Buffalo doesn’t exactly excite me.
What exactly does Anderson bring to the table? He has worked for Army, Oregon State, Cal, and Stanford, in some capacity in their respective athletic departments. His strengths are listed as marketing after his time with the Xerox Corporation, and in balancing budgets. All of these things are important, and who knows, he may be great, my initial reaction is still, meh. I hope my gut is wrong, and Anderson can be really good for the school. Only time will tell, and as I said, I have nothing to base my feelings on other than I kind of expected someone from a BCS conference to wind up working for the Terps. All in all it seems like a safe hire, with a focus on fund raising, and ensuring the athletic department still cares about academics.