As the 2011-2012 basketball season draws to an end, I think we can all agree changes need to be made. The only problem is the first change needs to be at the top, without that I fear the cycle of mediocrity will only continue at the highest levels of Sun Devil athletics.
Lisa Love has not been a failure as Athletic Director for ASU; you only need to look to the Director Cup standings to see that. Since it can be hard to figure out how an athletic department stacks up with other schools the Directors Cup was created. The Cup combines final rankings in all sports and ranks each school in order of athletic success. The award was created in 1993 and prior to Love’s arrival at ASU the highest the school ever finished was 9th. Love was hired as the Athletic Director for ASU in July 2005 and the school’s final rankings for the years she has been here have been 13th (2005-2006), 10th (2006-2007), 4th (2007-2008), 12th (2008-2009), 22nd (2009-2010), and 27th (2010-2011). If the 2011-2012 season were to end today ASU would be ranked 131st in the country. The problem is, as you can see, we have been steadily been falling since 2007-2008.
What ASU needs now is a new vision for the program, someone who can fire up the fan-base and bring all new fans to the program. I believe there is only one choice, Mike Haynes.
Haynes fits the bill in every way imaginable. Haynes was a two time all-American cornerback at ASU from 1972-1975 and in 2001 he was elected to the college football hall of fame. Once his ASU career ended he went on to have an outstanding pro career playing for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders and was inducted into the pro football hall of fame in 1997.
Once his playing career was over, he moved into the business world, gaining the experience necessary to become a viable AD candidate.
Here is part of Haynes’ bio from his companies’ website:
“He spent a distinguished seven years at Callaway Golf, a global leader in the development and manufacture of golf equipment, with six years as their Global Licensing Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President of Recreational Golf Development in 2001. He returned to the NFL in 2002 where he led the Player Development Department, which developed and managed programs to help players with transition into and out of the NFL.”
After the Lisa Love era, ASU needs to get an experienced businessperson who is passionate about the program. Having former alum who not only has a recognizable name but a qualified resume is rare and we as a program cannot mess this up. The good news is someone in the athletic department realizes this since Haynes has supposedly been contacted about joining the program in some capacity (http://arizonasports.com/44/1477259/ASU-athletics-adding-Haynes-to-department). If ASU wants to get this program heading in the right direction, then naming Mike Haynes the Athletic Director would be a giant step in the right direction.
Posted by Devil Jeff