My response, 105)
A.) Depends on who the coach is. I would wager that Mike Grant would mean more $$$ than, say, Fasching. Not sure if and how Ramler would rank in that either.
B.) Given the recent history, I would assume a current staff member would not get the same optimism. Were John to have retired 10 years ago, the reverse would be true.
C.) Not sure. I think if we move to fill time assistants like UST, we may need to do major restructuring.
D.) Be present at every HS and informal alumni function in the Twin Cities. I think most alums believe the internal candidates group is too isolated and insulated within Central MN. To compete in the next 10 years, you need to motivate the Twin Cities alumni, and you are only going to do that by being seriously visible in the Twin Cities. So instead of just showing up at the Prep Bowl and hanging with Eden Prairie, you better show up to Armstrong and Anoka and White Bear Lake and East Ridge and Burnsville HS, even if there aren't kids we're looking at-- so the neighborhood word gets around. You have to rebuild the alumni trust from the ground up- which means showing up at happy hours and neighborhood gatherings.
It's not that SJU is in trouble, but that it needs to take on UST on its home turf without having laid a foundation-- and your unmatched leverage over UST just retired. You aren't going to do that without using the other things that we are good at-- a very strong alumni affinity, for example-- to build the goodwill and get the word out. And that's not going to happen if alumni don't feel connected.
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