“Before I took this job, I asked a couple of athletic directors who are highly respected what they thought about Jamie,” Leath said. “Both told me independently that my number one job in athletics was to keep Jamie Pollard because 80 to 90 percent of my problems would go away.”
Does anyone have a link to the article saying how Jischke was going to **** over the athletic department? I must have been too young to pay much attention to newspapers
In all seriousness, I hope Leath is as good as he sounds
Actually a lot of ISU success today is due to Jischke's efforts wrt to athletics and it being a front porch to the university. He was the first modern administrator that really saw the value of competitive teams.
Playing devils advocate, what else would a new President say? Unless a Athletic Director is hugely unpopular, he's going to hang onto the person a while he figures the situation and the person better.
It does appear to me the new President and JP are good matches from a personality and management style perspective, but you never know what will happen.
Really like some of the things Leath has said so far in general. He's answered some potential reporter trap questions very well.
Devils advocate to your devils advocate:
If he had any negative thoughts he probably wouldn't have made positive comments. If he turns around and fires JP in a year or two, people will ask why he was so positive about him before. Also, his statements really seem to promote the idea that he is pro-athletics which can't be bad.
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