Stadiums ranks Whit Babcock 9th best AD in the country, best in ACC

Stadium insiders Brett McMurphy and Jeff Goodman graded and ranked the football and men's basketball hirings of the current 130 FBS athletic directors. The grades were based on the success of the coaches hired, difficulty of opponents in their respective conferences, bowl appearances, NCAA Tournament trips, conference titles and national championships won. The grades did not take into consideration any fundraising or building of facilities by the athletic directors.

Whit was given an A-. Nothing surprising or earth shattering, but Whit knows how to hire.

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I can honestly say I have not been disappointed in a hire that Whit has made.

Try telling that to the people over at Tech Sideline πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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interesting how it doesn't take any sort of violations or anything into effect -- e.g., Joe Castiglione didn't hire Kelvin Sampson, but he definitely was AD when Sampson committed all those violations at OU.

I also was surprised that Vince Tyra (Louisville) was so highly ranked with such a short track record

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Joe Castiglione hired Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley.

He hired Jeff Capel and Lon Kruger.

... that's what i'm trying to discuss. they're only getting credit for the hire, but not necessarily their tenure.

you'd think an AD being in charge when rules are violated and sanctions are handed out would matter, even if that guy didn't hire the coach who committed the violations.

i think it's interesting that violations/sanctions weren't weighted at all

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This is great!

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That crossed my mind too as soon as I saw Swofford leaving. Whit has been excellent at VT, maybe minus a few bumps in fundraising. Honestly, would love to see Francois take over if he should leave, but I don't have faith in Sands to make the right hire.

They are actually ranking Whit second in the ACC behind Notre Dame's AD. Yeah, I know they're in the ACC, but not really :)

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So ridiculous extensions after one ok year were not part of the consideration process either? Asking for a friend

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So winning the Coastal and being 7 points away from an ACC championship is your definition of an "ok year"?

It was a smart move at the time. We'll see, in 2-3 years from now, we might think it was a very smart move (or a very dumb move)

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Was the right move at the time.

Whoa, John Currie at 19th. The guy was tarred and feathered and run out of Knoxville when he ran the coaching search fiasco to replace Butch Jones. From national embarrassment at Tennessee to 19th in the rankings, I'd say he recovered well.

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