August 6, 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti during Rutgers team practice. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
As he has been known to do, Mark Blaudschun wasted no time dropping names for the soon-to-be vacant Boston College athletic director position. One name in particular Blaudschun has dropped not once, but twice in the last few days.
Tim Pernetti is the current Director of Athletics at Rutgers, having taken the job in February of 2009. Prior to returning to his alma mater as A.D., Pernetti was the Executive Vice President, Content, for CBS College Sports Network. He is a young, energetic athletic director credited with successful capital campaigns as well as landing a stadium naming rights deal for the RU football stadium.
Seems like a longshot that Boston College would be able coax away the former TV exec from his alma mater to be sure. But even the notion that Pernetti would entertain making a move to Chestnut Hill did not sit well with Rutgers blog On The Banks.
That scenario is so outlandish that it can be dismissed out of hand. For one thing, Pernetti is a former CBS Sports executive who took a considerable pay cut to bail out his alma mater when they needed him. That's not to suggest that he will be around forever (although possibly for a while with K-Mac following Schiano to Tampa), but if/when Pernetti leaves, it would likely be for a high-level job. If that day comes, it's for a game-changing job in sports media, or to be a conference commissioner in a league better than the Big East. Not to work for Boston College of all teams. Heck, Tim has hired away half of their football assistants in the past few months! Don't be ridiculous.
I get the indignation at Blaudschun dropping Pernetti's name as a viable and interested candidate for the Boston College Athletic Director position. The guy has held down a high-profile corporate job and is an alumnus of the school.
But let's not pretend like the Rutgers Athletic Director position is somehow more prestigious than the Boston College job. This is only Rutgers Athletics, a highly subsidized athletics department stuck in the Big East with one of the worst college football programs of all-time (and equally miserable hoops program). Further, if you thought the tension between Boston College and the surrounding neighborhood was intense, you haven't heard about the growing rift between Rutgers athletics and academics. Pernetti is untouchable given the strong ties to his alma mater, but the Rutgers A.D. job is not better or even as desirable as the Boston College A.D. job.