Los Angeles Times, citing multiple sources, reported Gophers AD Mark Coyle was one of at least three candidates USC explored for the position.

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Per Marcus:

Gophers athletics director Mark Coyle was a candidate USC considered for its AD opening before reportedly hiring Washington AD Jennifer Cohen.

USC is planning a 3 p.m. announcement Monday, with multiple media outlets saying Cohen will get the job.

The Los Angeles Times, citing multiple sources, reported Sunday that Coyle was one of at least three ADs that USC "vetted" for the position. Coyle has been at Minnesota since the Gophers hired him away from Syracuse in 2016.

USC's previous AD, Mike Bohn, resigned in May citing health reasons amid reports he'd created a hostile work environment during his five years leading the program.

The L.A. Times listed Coyle, along with Florida State's Michael Alford and Florida Atlantic's Brian White, as athletic directors USC explored.


Go Gophers!!
 




Interviewer: Mark, can you please explain your decisions over the last 5 years with respect to the Gopher basketball program, decisiveness with key decisions, creatively handling difficult disciplinary situations common to all programs without making snap decisions out of fear, hiring coaches only based on their ability to build the program and not political pressures unrelated to basketball?

Mark: uhh.....

Interviewer: Nexxxttt!
 


Apparently "Dynamic personality with public speaking skills" was not part of the job description.

Again - Coyle may be a very good behind-the-scenes administrator. But put him in front of a camera or a microphone and he turns into Elmer Fudd.

IMHO, if you are going to be the front person for a major college athletic department, you need to be able to present yourself competently in a public setting.
 

Apparently "Dynamic personality with public speaking skills" was not part of the job description.

Again - Coyle may be a very good behind-the-scenes administrator. But put him in front of a camera or a microphone and he turns into Elmer Fudd.

IMHO, if you are going to be the front person for a major college athletic department, you need to be able to present yourself competently in a public setting.
How can you say that after the masterful way he handled the Whalen firing press conference?
 




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