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Re: Andy Fee leaving
Good points Sparky. Wish Andy the best. He told me getting rid of Pete was out of his hands…. I’m still not happy about that. PO’d a lot of us fans.
I have not been a Fee fan, and I think we can do better. But, in all fairness, I think ADs are reflections of the Presidents they serve under and the priorities they impose on the AD. I also think that one of the really key issues I had with Fee was the extension of Monson without a buyout. Additionally, Fee reportedly told multiple boosters he had a $50k buyout, which the making public of Monson's contract revealed as a flat out lie. Last year made that decision look better, and I feel the program is at the best point in years, in a very difficult environment. I also have been very pleased with the Hildebrand and Valenzuela hires (I think the Valenzuela extension was premature). I thought his firing a very successful Joey Cerulle was chickensheet, and allowing the firing of Dan Smith was equally abhorrent.
Regardless of my feelings about how well he did here, I genuinely wish Andy the best of luck at his next gig.
I wonder if a new AD will want to eventually select new coaches. Time will tell. Let's face it ...we are a mid-major and a revolving door for coaches and staff that want to move up to better pay and a better conference. Can't blame someone for wanting to find a better higher paying job.
Not sure how to feel about this one. Everyone says he was a good guy. Looks like he ran a clean sports program. I think he made a good hire for WVB (second time around). Made a good hire for Baseball and Golf (now departed).
There were two big things on the negative side of the ledger. One was extending Monson like he did. Last years improvement doesn't change my opinion that that was a horrible decision. The other was not being able to materially expand the donor base. It may have actually shrunk.
He also was leading the program when the 49ers name was demonized as racist. Name branding also became more confusing under his watch.
Headed to the University if Washington.
Happy to see some change but cringing at what bull crap Jane will fill the spot with.
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