We are fortunate to have Pollard as our AD.
I know he started at Wisconsin, but can anyone tell me what other connections he has to Wisconsin? I truly don't know. Is he a graduate from school or his wife a graduate or anything? Everyone always talks about him going to Wisconsin after Alvarez retires, but if his only connection is he started there, I still like our chances of keeping him in that case.
He went to UW-Oshkosh and was a two time All-American and once national champ in the 5,000 meters.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't JP do all of this (and do it damn well I might add) and at the same time still have a pretty ill son?
I think JP is by far the most important person in the AD department. While Fred and Paul are huge, having (keeping) Jamie is my biggest concern because as long as we have him on our side we will be in good hands. I'd like to see ISU reward him handsomely. Show him the respect now in hopes that he doesn't even entertain other offers because this becomes his home(if not already). We have the makings of something great right now. He we keep JP and then support him in his quest to keep the momentum (by keeping Fred & Paul in the near term) ISU will be the strongest AD in the Midwest. Iowa (already has) taken a back seat and as long as we keep JP and his core intact it will remain this way for the next 10-15 years.
Look at what Pollard put together....Paul, Freddy, Fennely, Johnson-Lynch.....This guy is a genius!!!
Former Pres. Geoffery and Pollard are 2 of the best things to happen to ISU in a long long time.
Pollard said early on "he's a builder, not a maintainer". Meaning he's not going to be here forever, but he'll be here until he can build no more. That wont be for a while.
I was impressed by how he latched on and lobbied to the Liberty Bowl. No one was really talking about it, just moaning about Shreveport if we missed the HoD (including me). He saw it, recognized the advantages for ISU, and sold the bowl on those advantages. Well done.
I don't know how long we can hold him... But his impact today has been tremendous. I am so thankful for what he has done... Only loss was Cael...and I don't know what he coulda done there. Maybe he can take on University President after Laeth.... Or Governor? :jimlad:
I'm going to address the elephant in the room and ask if we lose to Tulsa in the LB does JP go work for them? :jimlad: