Thursday, October 28, 2010


Shhh! You didn’t hear it from me, but … Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby could be up for KU job


This isn’t for publication, so whatever you do, don’t breathe a word of it to anybody.

Kansas University’s search committee to identify an athletic director to recommend to the chancellor has targeted a mystery candidate as an object of its affection and has done a masterful job of keeping that candidate’s identity cloaked. So take this guess as what it is: pure speculation.

Stanford University athletic director Bob Bowlsby could be that man.

Although Stanford has continued its dominance in the national all-sports standings (Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup) under Bowlsby, and Jim Harbaugh was an outstanding hire as the football coach, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Bowlsby since leaving Iowa to take the post at Stanford in 2006. He was slammed for his handling of basketball coach Trent Johnson’s departure to LSU, for example. The jury remains out on Johnny Dawkins, the man Bowlsby hired to replace him.

A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Bowlsby held the top spot in the Iowa athletic department from 1991 to 2005. He was chosen as the head of the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee in 2006.

Sound like a reach? KU pays better than Stanford, and this region of the country might fit his personality better than Palo Alto.

— The committee is open to unconventional candidates, so don’t rule out the possibility of Denny Thum, who resigned last month from his job as president of the Kansas City Chiefs, will get a serious look. Thum started with the Chiefs as an accountant in 1974, the same year he graduated from Rockhurst.

— Was that just me or did anybody else hear what that strong gust of wind just whispered, that Tulsa AD Bubba Cunningham didn’t wow every member of the search committee? That’s the problem with committees, you have to please all the people all the time.

— Let’s see, Minnesota is searching for a football coach to turn around the program that headed straight south under Tim Brewster. Jon Wefald, the man who hired Bill Snyder, who executed what many believe to be the most remarkable savior job of a program headed for a smaller division, has strong ties to the land of 10,000 lakes. Before heading to K-State, Wefald was chancellor of the six-state university system in Minnesota. You don’t suppose the U is seeking his advice on where to turn for a football coach, do you?

— Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson, a big-time winner for most of his career, has been tasting the other side of the score too often lately and finds himself on a seat hotter than an Tempe summer. Since the start of the 2008 season, Erickson has a 12-19 record overall, 7-15 in conference.

ASU could be the perfect landing spot for ousted Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s aerial attack. Canned KU coach Mark Mangino’s area of expertise is offense, and pink-slipped South Florida football boss Jim Leavitt’s is defense. All three coaches’ ousters pointed fingers at rough treatment of players. What better way for the three successful head coaches to rehab their images than to win football games together? That’s the sort of splash needed for the Sun Devils to regain lost turf now that Mike Stoops has things humming in Tucson.


KSA_21_3503 3 years, 5 months ago

Palo Alto -> Lawrence?

Yeah right. Get a grip Keegan.


caribhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

SHHHHHH yourself, I heard the new AD will be Verne Troyer, Lew Perkins Minnie Me! He will eat less, can travel as economy or in someone else's briefcase, cannot use regulation size tread mills, and has the same track record as Lew in hiring successful coaches at KU (0)!


Gig 3 years, 5 months ago

ESJ, Kevin Pritchard will always be one of my favorite KU players, but I don't think he would be a good choice for AD. He will always be known as the GM who selected Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durant. Given the way he blew that easy decision, I wouldn't trust him to make the correct decisions for the KUAD.


jhawkrulz 3 years, 5 months ago

This sounds like our football coach search. We have a contract inked out with some guy from Stanford, and the next day we hire someone from the MAC.

I hope that we don't revisit that fiasco.


Topcitykid10 3 years, 5 months ago

Keegan how much do you get paid?? Cause I could have wrote this too, plus I need a job. I wouldn't mind having one that deals with sports on a daily basis


kuhawks28 3 years, 5 months ago

Jim Leavitt accepted the D-Coordinator job yesterday I heard. No ASU for him. He'll probably follow Great Grandpa Bill when he finally retires.


jayhawkinmullen 3 years, 5 months ago

Just as long as he brings Bowlski's to the football team I would be happy.


jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

Do you think 15 mil will get Bob and Jim to come here? Man what a hire this would be and to put us back on the right track.


sfbevo 3 years, 5 months ago

What the heck is going on in the Sports Department of Journal World? First we get this article a few days ago quoting a rumor, "Shelby is being investigated for academic reason". The the following day Self has to come out and make a statement because of rumor mongering the NCAA investigation is only focusing on the academics.

Now we have a headline that appears to be fact and upon reading the paragraph it really is a mystery man and this is who we think it is.

good grief. slowdown boys.


Ron Prichard 3 years, 5 months ago

What the heck is the focus of this article? Halfway through the list of KU AD candidates it switched to who ASU might hire as a football coach. And what on God's green earth does the U have to do with any of it (and I've never even been to Miami...I mean Minnesota!!)?


jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 5 months ago

Hire Bob Bowlsby and bring Jim Harbaugh with him now.


ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 5 months ago

Too bad Asu ad released a statement yesterday saying hcde will be back next year. Details. . .


esj2003 3 years, 5 months ago

Someone I keep mentioning for AD is Kevin Pritchard. KU guy who was GM of the year in Portland. He turned them around from their Jailblazers days. He was fired, but the reasons seemed to be dumb. He's young and he could be here for a while if we wanted him to be.


TopCityHawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Hiring Lane Kiffin to repair the program in Los Angeles is risky... KU handing the reigns over to Turner Gill is riskier... But the 3 Amigos (Leach, Mangino and Leavitt) together again in Tempe is riskiest...

That being said, I'm buying it! No risk = No reward... ASU might as well go all in... Plus the Pac10(11,12?) needs a spicier image for their newly branded league...


minnhawk84 3 years, 5 months ago

Toto: Stand corrected. In the State of Minnesota, the UofM is referred to as the "U" by the legislature, the media, and citizens.


Toto_the_great 3 years, 5 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong Sandy, but I didn't think gophers are "the U." I think that is Miami.


Janet Scott 3 years, 5 months ago

Speaking of unconventional, I still like Kim Jung Ill as the AD at KU. Tough, no nonsense kind of guy. Or maybe Bernie Madoff, who would have the once-crooked KU ticket office humming in no time again; I'm sure the Feds would parole Bernie early if he were offered a decent job on the outside. And then there is Bill Clinton as KU AD. Smooth talker; good at the political side; and knows something about increasing female attendence at events (especially the events he hosts privately). Hot dang, the prospects are lining up nicely!


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