Well, this is some well-timed #breakingnews.
According to a close source #Mizzou will name Jim Sterk as new AD. He’s from San Diego State.
— Bill Pollock (@missourisports) August 8, 2016
Is this true? This guy has only five times as many Twitter followers as I do, so I suppose there’s a chance that it isn’t. But it would be a pretty random fake scoop to pull from the ether, so let’s assume that it is.
How fucked are we? Reasonably, is my guess. I don’t know Jim Sterk and I have no insider information on the inner workings of the Fowler Athletic Center, but I do know Jim Sterk’s reputation. It’s, uh, good.
March 3, 2016
SAN DIEGO – San Diego State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk has been named a 2015-16 Under Armour AD of the Year honor by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA). The award will be presented on June 15 at the annual convention in Dallas.
“On behalf of the entire university, I want to express how extraordinarily proud we are of Jim Sterk’s accomplishments,” San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman said. “Jim’s integrity and his focus on supporting our student-athletes represent the best of inter-collegiate athletics.”
The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
Sterk has overseen an era of largely scandal-free success and stability on Montezuma Mesa. Football program is a winner under a coach committed to the program. Men’s basketball program has continued its momentum, both on the court and at the box office, and a line of succession is in place. The Olympic sports are (clicks around goaztecs.com for two minutes) good as well?
And from an outside perspective, Sterk has played the stadium situation perfectly, unshackling SDSU from the Chargers’ fate with eyes on making the Qualcomm site SDSU West. The one blemish some might point to – the Big East/West fiasco – wasn’t a bad idea, it just didn’t work out. At least he was willing to take the leap.
Now let’s compare Sterks’ tenure to his three predecessors:
- Resigned amid a stupid equipment room scandal
- Bolted after a year
- Resigned amid a steamy sexytimes scandal
Sigh. Farewell, Jim. You will be missed.
Well, not by Aztec Mesa. Those guys hated you lol.