Bud Withers of the Seattle Times wrote a very interesting article about the challenges involved in the modern day hiring process of finding a new leader for your football team. This one is worth your time.
The initial focus is on how Bill Moos, Washington State's athletic director, went about hiring Mike Leach; but Withers touches on aspects of the searches at Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State as well.
Easily the best quote of the entire piece comes from Moos (who we have already proclaimed the AD of the Year). Withers writes:
Moos says candidly that some hires left him scratching his head. "There's the Charlie Weis deal," he says of Kansas' hire. "He failed miserably at Notre Dame, but, 'By God, he was at Notre Dame.' Down at Ole Miss, they have to have 15 people on a search committee (actually it was five). By the time they get through the introductions on the search committee, all the good coaches are hired. I don't need 15 people sitting at the table. Where are the other 14 when I get evaluated on (the performance of) my football coach?"
Bill, let us know your address and we'll send you the award.