The Boston College Athletic Director search rolls on. While there isn't much that is being said publicly about the search, that hasn't stopped Mark Blaudschun from floating names to serve as Gene DeFilippo's successor. This week's candidate of the week is Miami University Director of Athletics Brad Bates.
Bates has been the Director of Athletics in Oxford, Ohio since 2002. Under his watch, the RedHawks football program made back-to-back bowl appearances (2003-04) for the first time in nearly 30 years. Over that time span, Miami has also won conference championships in football, women's cross country, ice hockey (CCHA), baseball, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's swimming and diving, field hockey, soccer, tennis, softball and synchronized skating.
The Miami RedHawks hockey program, in particular, has enjoyed tremendous success over the past few years, an OT goal away from bringing home the school's first ice hockey National Championship in 2009. Under Enrico Blasi, the RedHawks have been a staple of college hockey's postseason, reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven seasons.
Bates has also overseen the renovation of several of the RedHawks athletics facilities, including a new softball field, ice hockey arena and a renovated field hockey field.
Prior to his stint at Miami, Bates spent 17 years at Vanderbilt, starting out as Head Strength Coach and working his way through to the department to Senior Associate AD. He also served as Head Strength Coach at Colorado and as a Grad Assistant at his alma mater, Michigan, where he played defensive back as a walk-on for legendary coach Bo Schembechler.
In other A.D. news, looks like Blauds is finally hedging on Rutgers' A.D. Tim Pernetti's candidacy.
But sources familiar with the early process say that BC has little interest in luring Rutger's athletic director Tim Pernetti away from the Scarlet Knights.
But BC officials-specifically VP Leo Sullivan-feels he has other people on his list who fill more of the items that BC wants in its next AD.
Rutgers bloggers can breathe a sigh of relief. Boston College won't be poaching their Scarlet Knight whose gonna have the State University of New Jersey rolling in CSTV dollars.