What a mid-major athletic program should have in its top administrator is someone ambitious but unhurried, personable but demanding, someone who brings ideas to the table yet welcomes and ponders dissenting points of view.
A sound mid-major athletic director upholds the reputation of the institution by emphasizing the need to recruit student-athletes of solid character capable of no less than academic survival. He or she covets championships but never cuts corners or compromises ideals in the pursuit.
Warde Manuel brought all of that and more to UB during a run as athletic director that lasted almost seven years. It’s no surprise to anyone who knew him that he went on to remedy a messy academic situation at UConn and will now head off to his dream job, the AD post at his alma mater, the University of Michigan.
At UB, Manuel required coaches to provide an oral academic and character report on a recruit before offering a scholarship. He rarely had to say a word. Coaches came to see the truth themselves when a sketchy case was presented aloud.
It’s no wonder no major issues arose during Manuel’s UB tenure. He was all about the greater good, not about how quickly he could jump ship.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
• Bob DiCesare’s Power Take: Manuel an administrator who does job the right way
• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: An axiom for today’s world: Let the recruited beware
• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Serena on track to be best female athlete ever