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Athletics: Barbour lands on her feet

As you no doubt heard,former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was introduced Saturday as new AD at Penn State.

Barbour, who will receive a five-year contract worth $700,000 per year (plus up to $200,000 in incentives), achieved a lot at Cal. She said her problems in Berkeley were the result of her loyalty.

“What it really boils down to is I stayed too long,” Barbour was quoted saying the Associated Press story on her hiring. “Leading a program like Cal’s, like Penn State’s, in terms of a major conference and a lot of sports and a lot of moving parts, 10 years is a long time.

“If you look around the country, there are very few (athletic directors) that have that kind of length. Ultimately, it’s about having stayed a little too long, but it was about that I was loyal. I’m a loyalist.

“In the end, at some point, you stay too long.”

Here are stories on Barbour’s hiring from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Phildelphia Inquirer.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Calduke

    Congrats Sandy!! No more fickle fans to please.

  • BlueNGold

    I do not think that “being too loyal” or “staying too long” were really the problems. In my opinion, she got caught up in the change of chancellors and a major shift in priorities that came with the new administration. She seems to have gotten pretty much free reign from the prior one, and obviously Chancellor Dirks is taking a very different approach.

    Having said that, I also think she is getting a bit of a bum rap over the incurred debt for the stadium and new athletic center. Cal was mandated by the Regents to either retrofit the stadium, build a new stadium or relocate the games. They decided the best option was the retrofit, which certainly was expensive, as building a new stadium would have been. They would have had to build a new athletic center in any event. It is a huge amount of debt, but without having cash in hand to pay the costs, whats the alternative? The real issue is whether they have created the best possible plan to retire the debt expeditiously and at the lowest possible cost.

  • bar20

    I don’t think she stayed too long. I think she made some very expensive mistakes that has and will continue to cost the football program for years. Let’s face it, she was demoted and knew once her contract was over she wouldn’t be rehired in any capacity. What she wanted to do was impossible at this school. I hope she succeeds at PSU but I am not sorry she is gone.