Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference eliminated the position six years ago...
Vanderbilt eliminated not only the position of athletic director (a savings of about $300,000 per year and who knows how many rounds of golf on the school’s nickel), but also the athletic department, per se. A law professor and vice chancellor of university affairs was put in charge of athletics.
The reason for the radical restructuring was twofold. First, the president and athletic director didn’t see eye to eye. Second, the president thought Vanderbilt athletes were being insulated from the rest of the student body and were missing out on the college experience.
So, one might ask, does UNLV even need a traditional athletic director or should it follow a new business model for athletics?
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Las Vegas Sun sports columnist Ron Kantowski asks a good question: "Does UNLV need an Athletics Director?"
Posted by gregory brown at 10:25 AM