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MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi won't be officially retired until June 30th, but the school would like to have his successor in place before then, and one name that has come up is current Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson.

Thompson, who has been the commissioner of the Mountain West since the conference was first formed in 1999, is a Minnesota graduate. He's also said he's open to the idea of returning to the school to run its athletic department.

"But there would be a million questions to learn more about the position," Thompson told the Pioneer Press. "Is there a budget deficit? Is fundraising the issue? Is the focus on rebuilding the football program? Are there academic concerns? Is there a support system to graduate student-athletes? There would be a lot more to know about the needs and wants of the athletic department before you can even think about taking the next step."

While there are plenty of questions for Thompson to ask Minnesota, there are probably just as many questions for him to ask the Mountain West. The first question being, what would Thompson's role be within the conference should it merge with Conference USA?

With the future of the Mountain West being unclear at the moment, this might be the best time for Thompson to make the next move in his career.

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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:54 am

MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

I can't believe Mountain West Board (member university presidents) hasn't fired Thompson long ago.  He convinced the presidents to accept a stupid television deal (abondoning ESPN to start its own Mtn. network) that has been a complete failure.  The lack of television revenue and nationwide TV exposure has cost the Mountain West top-notch teams Utah, BYU, TCU, Boise State and San Diego State.  The Mountain West -- with those five schools -- would have become a BCS conference.  Instead, the remaining MW is fighting for survival and will probably need to merge with remaining teams from Conference USA, which itself has been pilfered by Big East.  I would love for Thompson to go to Minnesota, or anywhere. 

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:49 pm

MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

Don't hire him. He destroyed the Mountain West. Look at the crappy TV deals etc. All the teams left because he couldn't get the job done.<br /> 

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:36 pm

MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

Conference USA comissioner will just become the new merger conferences commissioner.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:15 pm

MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

I agree with the above comment 100 percent.  I, just one of MANY, would love to see him get the A.D. job at Minnesota.  The man is a complete and utter buffoon.  The sooner the better as far as I'm concerned. 

Of course there is the fact that the Mtn. West would have to find someone to replace the buffoon - and given the judgement of the powers that be in the Mtn. West in the past it is a distinct possibility that they COULD find someone who is even worse.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:01 pm

MWC commish 'open' to Minnesota AD job

Great news for the MWC, bad news for Minnesota.  The man is an idiot, signing crappy media deals and doing nothing about trying to take care of his teams to ensure that they stay. 

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