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.
#USF names Michael Kelly as new Vice President of Athletics. Join us in welcoming him back to the Bulls family! https://t.co/z2qhQFXxuq pic.twitter.com/NmwT3cLs4G— USF (@USouthFlorida) June 26, 2018
We're excited to welcome @MKellyCFP back to USF! #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/fwtuyFW3jq— USF Athletics (@USFAthletics) June 26, 2018
The future is bright for USF Athletics! #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/r6nHcRBTW3— USF Athletics (@USFAthletics) June 26, 2018
Here’s the reaction from the national media:
Great hire by @USouthFlorida to bring back COO of the @CFBPlayoff @MKellyCFP as AD!! Wish Michael all the best with his new opportunity. https://t.co/yU5Z5CKomt— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) June 26, 2018
College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly named athletic director at USF https://t.co/nlwkf3njlt pic.twitter.com/bnkZkFl63l— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 26, 2018
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
South Florida hires CFP executive Michael Kelly as new athletic director - via @ESPN App https://t.co/kiYy0jMeBM— R.I.P. Elkino Watson (@OldManBeddy) June 26, 2018
Congratulations @MKellyCFP. Thank you for the many accolades since leading the way in launching the inaugural @CFBPlayoff #nationalchampionship. https://t.co/432NrnkwDs— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) 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.
This alum-owned company is thrilled to welcome @MKellyCFP to @USFAthletics! Excited for the future! #GoBullshttps://t.co/7uFEl7RIoZ— 813area.com (@813area) June 26, 2018
Most of all, Michael Kelly checks a box that apparently was very high on USF's list: He comes with no baggage. #USF @USFAthletics @TB_Times @TomWJones https://t.co/msDPCKFQ8i— TampaBayTimesSports (@TBTimes_Sports) June 26, 2018
#USFBulls needed big hire and got one with Michael Kelly of @CFBPlayoff Details here: https://t.co/gcuaE0jXh8— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsFHCN) June 26, 2018
#USF search committee said yesterday that the AD job is better now than it was the last time it came open.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) June 26, 2018
They're right. Here's what Michael Kelly is inheriting. https://t.co/BbTwj4omnE
USF names @CFBPlayoff COO Michael Kelly as its new vice president of athletics. He'll be formally introduced on Friday. https://t.co/WYyvdQb4fA pic.twitter.com/bGT6NH2kaY— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) June 26, 2018
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.
Best. News. EVER! Welcome (officially) to #TeamTampaBay, @MKellyCFP, and congrats to @USFAthletics on an incredible hire! https://t.co/QnwhiTDPWz— Jenna Grooms (@jgrooms_TBSC) June 26, 2018
Amazing hire for #USF and a GREAT win for #TeamTampaBay!— Tony Diaz (@TDiaz_TBSC) June 26, 2018
Welcome home, Michael Kelly! https://t.co/PWIhb4InkM
Here is the reaction from USF:
We got our guy! #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/DkYWx9nqe2— USF Athletics (@USFAthletics) June 26, 2018
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
Great day to be a bull! Welcome back @MKellyCFP Looking forward to working with you! #GoBulls— Billy Mohl (@USF_CoachMohl) 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
In January 2017, @MKellyCFP was a guest on @SBRadio with @BHancockCFP in USF’s own Barness Hall.— Anthony Vito (@anthonyvito_) June 26, 2018
Interesting that nearly 18 months later Kelly is named USF’s AD.
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.
#GoBulls CC: @CollinSherwin pic.twitter.com/oBFj7P2KdQ— Sean Hoagland (@smh810) June 26, 2018
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.