Boo and Bubba & That Guy @ Duke – All three have…

    Three ADs
    BobLee
    May27/ 2019

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    Boo and Bubba & That Guy @ Duke – All three are…

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    With the recent Bye Bye Debbie / Hello Boo transition over at NC State’s Everett Case Center… The Triangle-area now has three Athletics Directors – Boo Corrigan – Bubba Cunningham – Kevin White who are:

    • Three Middle-aged White Guys (Uh Oh, no diversity points there)
    • Three Middle-aged White Guys all with Notre Dame backgrounds… AND

    NONE of the three were born  with the local HATED RIVALRIES twisting their DNA helixes into permanent granny knots. 

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    Is that “a good thing” or “a bad thing” or “just a thing”.  I say “a good thing”.  If this is not A First for the three schools all at the same time… it is in my recollection.

    No former QB from North Wilkesboro… No “Call Me Dickie” who never worked anywhere in his life but UNCCH… No Todd Turner (YIKES!) …

    These are three Modern Era Professional Executives hired to implement and administer sound business practices to a multi-multi-million dollar operation.

    None of the three are “old coaches” put out to the AD pasture to glad-hand boosters and re-tell exaggerated stories of halcyon days of yore.

    Kevin White has been calling the AD shots in West Derm since 2008 making him the senior of the trio.  Bubba arrived in Chapel Hill in 2011 to clean up the Gawd-awful mess of “The Greatest Scandal ….. you know”.  Boo has yet to celebrate his first month at NC State.

    It’s a safe bet that no “hated rival fans” hate Boo yet… emphasis on yet.  There are and will be the usual snarky remarks about his name – “Boo” –  by the same level of  mouth-breathing simpletons who will forever make snarky remarks about “Bubba”.  Darn hard to say anything snarky about “Kevin”.

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    To the point about all three men being Rivalry Carpetbaggers … that none of them were “born into it” does not mean carpetbaggersthat all three do not fully understand that Hated Rivalries is the life-sustaining oxygen for many of their respective employer’s alumni and fans.  Appreciating that birth defect in their fans is essential to their long-term employment.

    In private they can joke about The Rivalries and likely the three friends have and will do so… but NEVER for public consumption.

    There is no record of Kevin White or Bubba publicly pooh-poohing the overwhelming significance of the rivalries such as

    • “It’s just another game” … …
    • “Every game is a Big Game for us” … .
    • .. or the absurdest of all –
    • “This game seems to be more important to ‘them and to their fans’ than it is to us and our fans…”.

    Boo 2If he hasn’t already, I assume Boo will quickly get up-to-speed with The 26 Most Unfortunate Things Lee Fowler Ever Posted on Social Media along with The Herb Sendek Collection of Same.   There are a few unfortunate TO’B quotes too.

    Anything “Uncle Jed” Fowler said during his last year or so should be placed in the DO NOT EVER Say That box.

    There is a DON’T DO Box with Todd Turner’s name in it in The Case Center.  Along with the “avoid seersucker suits and tassel loafers” admonition.

    NOTE:  Deep in the bowels of Dean’s Dome is a cigar box labeled Everything Dickie Baddour Knew About The Greatest Athl-Academic Scandal in NCAA History.

    It contains a 3×5″ card with the words ….I didn’t know nuthin about nuthin’.  Bwahahahaha…

    Debbie Yow arrived in Raleigh well-versed in the insanity levels of various factions of WolfPackNation.  Debbie (AKA “Frau”) had to endure a few years of I can’t believe they hired a damn WOMAN to be our AD and Gary Williams doesn’t like her so I ain’t gonna like her neither…. … sigh, yawn.

    To her everlasting credit… Debbie “Frau” Yow rode off into the sunset to as much universal HUZZAs as is possible in these goofy times.   Including a humdinger of a testimonial from The Bob Kennel that places Debbie somewhere between Saint Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa in The Ethereal Pantheon.

    There was the unfortunate Gottfried Oops … but that is not what she will be remembered for.

    Madame Yow leaves NC State with stable situations in Football – Basketball – Baseball and even Girls’ Basketball.  Plus she elevated “the minor sports” to sustainable levels of pretty darn solid.   AND … NC State finally made the Top 25 of the Sears / Learfield / Directors Cup.

    In this Modern Era no AD can truly relax.  Scandal tornadoes real or imagined can hit anytime.

    Speaking of which… I see where Notorious Fats Thomas is headed to the Graybar Hilton for his litany of scallywaggery.  Causing me to ponder “Where  O’ Where is Myron Piggie? … and that NC State scoundrel … Eric Dewayne Leak.

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    Scoundrels – Rascals – Scallyways … sigh … are like anal sphincters. Every Big Time College Sports Program has’em.

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    Bubba jousts with a steady stream of “Now Whats?” befittings a campus where Chaos Is Our Normal.   Mack 2.0 was a KABOOM heard all across Power 5 World.  The Outcome of that move will be carved in stone on Bubba’s Legacy.

    Bubba has turned down two mega-$$$ offers to leave UNCCH.  If he is committed to the loooong term he will be faced with “After Roy, Who?” at some point.

    As critical as that will be, it pales beside what looms out there for Kevin White at Duke.  “Replacing Coach K” will be Kevin White’s #1 WhatchaGonnaDoNow.   Of lesser Global Importance… having to replace David Cutcliffe will also be next to impossible but, again, not as Earth-shaking.

    As grizzled veterans of The AD Biz, all three men are acutely aware that while fans fantasize about being star athletes most of’em realize that is indeed a fantasy… but

    A very high % of alumni / fans, however, are absolutely convinced he/she/it is quite capable of being The AD at their school of choice.

    He/she/it could certainly do better than that dim-witted nimrod that has the job now.  OUCH!   How hard can it be since every one of  his/her/it’s Monday Morning 20/20 hindsights of their current AD’s decisions are always correct.  PLUS, he/she/it is “WhatsAMatta U’s biggest fan”. … sigh.

    Boo, Bubba and Kevin are personal and professional friends of long-standing.  All three are intelligent and savvy enough to know that “being friends with Hated Rivals” is frowned on by their respective glue-sniffing factions.  Best not to rile up the glue-sniffers any more than their perpetual state of “riled”.   Their occasional get-togethers must be clandestine for sure… involving elaborate disguises.

    Bubba prefers Groucho glasses.  Kevin White opts for a Phyllis Diller wig.  Boo has yet to choose.

    If you see Groucho, Phyllis and “a guy that looks like a Boo” at a corner table at The Red Robin at Briar Creek… take a cellphone pic and send it to us.

    This Internet Legend thinks “it’s a good thing” that three such impressive gentlemen are at the helms of the three local athletic programs.

    That is significant coming from a fellow like me who loves Chaos caused by “loose cannons on a rolling deck”…

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    BobLee
    • Former96Heel Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I haven’t pondered the AD role much, especially in that my UNC time was marked by the extremes of Swofford and Dickie. I’m guessing the old coach version could still excel, if they make good coaching hires, leading to wins, and keep the players out of the headlines. The money will still flow in from the conferences for the Big 5 schools, no matter how inept the AD. But, having a pro manager should put a school in a much better position. Along with all the previous pressures, I see colleges moving more rapidly into the stadium wars the pros find themselves in.
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      It may be indoor practice facilities today, but a decade or so along, and I can honestly see a massive pressure to replace the old, beloved temples like Keenan or Cameron. It’s easy to say never today, but if the schools see that as a factor in getting fans into the seat, in UNC’s case, or mega millions in revenue generation in Dukes case, anything is possible.
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      That rate of change only quickens as $ becomes more important in the equation.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        I agree. The entire paradigm of spectator sports is rapidly evolving almost daily. The on-site experience being whittled away by “streaming” and yet-to-be-developed forms of spectatorial experiencing.
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        Locally, Wolfpackers will continue to deride their Kenanite neighbors but 60,000 in Carter-Finley is doomed… as fans choose other means of enjoying the event.
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        Will men like Boo – Bubba – Kevin be the visionaries that lead that transition? We shall see…

    • Dr Wire Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Another commonality is they all make in excess of $1,000,000 annually which makes sense to me considering they each manage a $80-100 million non-profit business and manage coaches making even more than they do to run revenue generating departments (programs).

      PS Currie at Wake makes >$1 million too

      All 4 of these businessmen face some of the biggest challenge in the history of their respective college athletic programs.

      1) The social and legal pressure to pay college athletes which basically devalues the cost of a college education. It appears on the surface they are far better prepared to handle this powder keg and expensive issue than their predecessors of a generation ago who made a 1/4 of their salaries and had budgets 1/4 of current budgets.

      2) evolution of the ACC Network and the $ impact it potentially may or may not bring to each program in a streaming marketplace

      3) recreation of the NCAA mission to reflect a new academic reality

      4) maturation of the Power 5 conference structure as an entertainment industry

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        The position of Big Time College AD has evolved rather quickly into a high-dollar occupation… no longer what old coaches retire to.

    • wolfkennel Reply
      4 weeks ago

      BL, you have outdone yourself in this most timely and appropriate analysis. I had frankly missed the multiple Notre Dame ties. Much confidence in Boo’s arrival, both from Chancellor Randy Woodson’s innate good judgement and my discussions with 4-star General Ray Odierno who knew Boo at Army as well as him graduating from NC State.
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      You got right my high opinion of Debbie Yow, and not just as sister of beloved Coach Kay Yow. Debbie was very tough in business as well as personal relations. She didn’t suffer fools gladly. She did appreciate my sincere “farewell” letter, definitely short of sainthood (that’s reserved for Kay), and I have given a copy to Boo for his digestion.
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      Again, truly witty, much appreciated, and very insightful article.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        High Praise from TBK is always appreciated !!! Having three such solid fellows guiding the local college sports programs is a comfort. The three fanbases are as goofily predictable as ever … but, hey.
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        See where Avant not happy about not hosting a regional…. and ECU thinks they should be a higher seed. It’s always “something”. THIS is when I start paying attention to College BB.

    • Babs.Derm Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Funny column. You did bring up a good point about timing. It’s getting close for the bb gods to depart, and I can’t imagine the madness the ADs get hit with.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Unlike Dickie… I’m CERTAIN that both Bubba and Kevin have “When that time comes” Short Lists in their desk drawers… constantly being updated. And, yes, they are always receiving “suggestions” from well-intentioned fans.

    • Doug Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I’m sure at some point all three fan bases will, already have, or surely will at some point, call for their heads. Of course the same people calling for heads will do a 180° when things go right. Putting ones future in the hands of a bunch of 18-21y/o kids never will be a walk in the park. Then there are the adults ……

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Bubba probably is most at risk as far as his (UNC) lunatic fringe revolting. There will be a game-by-game referendum on Mack2.0. Boo gets a pass for 2-3 years regardless. Kevin keeps such a low profile, who knows what he’s up to.
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        With Chihuahua (and SSam) now both long gone and Interim Chanc “Kevin Who” in charge of keeping the lights on and the Quads mowed, I can’t see any storm clouds out there for Bubba for a ew years…

    • Tim.J Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Five years from now… which of The Three, do you think, will still be where they are today?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        The easy answer is All Three. Obviously Boo is brand new so he needs to stay long enough to build a body of work.
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        Bubba gets attractive offers all the time… he has turned down Florida and Tennessee with mega-$$$ offers. Don’t know what AD offer – other than MAYBE Notre Dame – might tempt him as an AD gig. I always kid him that PGA Tour Commissioner is his destiny.
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        I suppose Kevin White could be on a short list to be NCAA Poobah when the current goober Mark Whozit finally gets zapped. Otherwise I don’t see him leaving Duke in the foreseeable future. There are coach change challenges coming up that he likely looks forward to tackling.
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        All three are making “live very comfortably” salaries in a nice area to live in. Why leave… there are nutjob fans to tolerate wherever they might go.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Very insightful and also somewhat witty column.

      Of course….you DID leave out Joe Aleeva (or Hey, Joe, are you a leavin’). He, of course, is the EX LSU AD that tried to pardon Will Wade (who’s fate is still unknown). He gets the Big Mouth of the Decade (actually 12 years) award for TWICE violating the Non Disclosure Agreement between Duke and Mike (fired LAX Coach) Pressler….and collecting TWO additional settlements from Duke’s Liability carrier….MUCHLY deserved.

      I need to spend some quality time in the vestibule (AKA NCSU Sports HOF) of the NEWLY renovated Reynolds. Do some history reading and see if Todd Turner (his dad was a reputable tire dealer….Todd should have sold cars for Sports Durtz) is even mentioned. Bro Kennel will have to provide the due diligence and research.

      Finally, YES….AD Yow has rode infamously off into the sunset. No word if she will reside on a lake and fish and such as supposedly does the EX LF and DD (HFBC). HER claim to fame, other than the unbelievable turn around of the AD organization and turning it into a TOP TEN (Director’s Cup) enterprise is the Renovation of Reynolds. She will probably (and graciously and correctly) lay the bulk of that platitude on Michael Lipitz, her number one Deputy AD. As a former project manager for things that pale in comparison….my Wolfie hat is off to him and will be forever in gratitude for his work on the grand old LADY.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        “somewhat witty” is always on my short list of objectives.
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        Yes, New Reynolds is a very impressive edifice that goes on Debbie’s ledger.

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