USF officially announced CFP COO Michael Kelly as Athletic Director and Vice President of Athletics this morning, so we’ve compiled a tweetcap of the national and local reaction to the hire.
We’ve noticed one thing consistently - everyone believes it’s a grand slam.
Here’s the reaction from the national media:
Brett McMurphy reports former CFP COO Michael Kelly is the new USF AD.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) June 26, 2018
This was a name that immediately came up when Harlan left. I must say i was a little skeptical because Kelly is positioned so well with the CFP. Heck, he could be a potential replacement in the ACC when Swofford finally steps down. But great get for USF. https://t.co/slLsHHqXdY— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 26, 2018
Congrats to Michael and USF, a home-run hire. https://t.co/OLELhEuqlG— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 26, 2018
Here’s some mentions from the local media:
New USF athletic director Michael Kelly gets spiffy new title: Vice President of Athletics.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 26, 2018
Being named Vice President of Athletics may just be nomenclature, or something more.
I'm guessing that title comes with a bit more coin. We'll release the contract details once we get 'em. https://t.co/IOrph1AKg6— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) June 26, 2018
And here’s Joey, who doesn’t know how to take a vacation. We’re also in the process of attaining the details.
Here are what higher-ups from the Tampa Bay Sports Commission have said:
This isn’t a great hire, it’s more than that, it’s the perfect hire. Couldn’t be more excited for where @USFAthletics is headed w/@MKellyCFP at the helm. #TeamTampaBay just got even stronger! #GoBulls https://t.co/qGNmGbQ0WE— Rob Higgins (@RHiggins_TBSC) June 26, 2018
We’re not-so-secretly jazzed about the Kelly-Higgins team-up in Tampa. If there’s an NCAA event that those two want in Tampa, it’s happening. And there’s a less than 0% chance the department will opt out of bidding on a regional.
Here is the reaction from USF:
Welcome back @MKellyCFP! Couldn’t be more excited about the future of our athletic department and this great university!! A nationally-respected name and a proven leader. This is a great day for USF! #RunWithUs https://t.co/1NX8OMpiq5— Coach Brian Gregory (@CoachBGregory) June 26, 2018
Wanted to wait until it was official before commenting but holy cow what a good day this turned out to be. https://t.co/pF2teV6uCf— Jim Louk (@USFjimlouk) June 26, 2018
And here’s what some of our staff has to say:
This isn't a home run for USF: it's a walkoff grand slam in the upper deck.— Director of Happy Hour Engagement (@CollinSherwin) June 26, 2018
On the podcast we said we didn't think USF could get @MKellyCFP away from his current job.— Director of Happy Hour Engagement (@CollinSherwin) June 26, 2018
This was the reach candidate, and they landed him. At USF. And it's possible they could keep him for quite awhile.
Kind of interesting - USF lost its very successful i) football coach and ii) athletic director over the past year-and-a-half, and both times came back with hires that many people thought to be upgrades.— Ryan T. Smith (@RyanSmithWrites) June 26, 2018
Doesn't mean they *are* upgrades, but the hiring process is good, at least.
We didn’t bring up Michael Kelly in our podcasts and posts because we thought he was unattainable. What a hire. Most ambitious USF athletics move in a long, long time.— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) June 26, 2018
And here’s proof that time is a flat circle:
Knows Tampa and USF ✓— Director of Happy Hour Engagement (@CollinSherwin) June 26, 2018
Deep ties to colege athletics administrators ✓
Hugely respected in industry ✓
Mike Kelly checks every box USF needs. This is the best hire for USF Athletics since Lee Roy Selmon.
Who was Lee Roy's first hire at USF?
This is what we’re all feeling for the first time since Flowers to Bronson on a double reverse that blew up the GCO vs Syracuse.
Stay tuned for a recap on the next edition of the Bulluminati Podcast to discuss the future of USF Athletics with Michael Kelly at the helm.