The University of Pittsburgh has a new Athletic Director – Heather Lyke.
I’m not too surprised the new AD’s a woman and have zero heartburn with it. She seems qualified in short – and I say ‘in short’ because we really don’t know her yet. Her list of achievements at Eastern Michigan is OK I suppose.
But it is blatantly obvious we went the most inexpensive route we could with this hire…
In 2015, she received a contract extension through July 21, 2020, that included her original annual salary of $245,000, The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News reported. She also was eligible for $103,000 in possible bonuses.
Before Barnes came to Pitt he was making $572K.
Gallagher refused to reveal Barnes’ contract in terms of salary and length but said, “We tried to be fair and competitive. We want this to be a career move for him.”
At Utah State, Barnes made $572,169 in fiscal year 2014, according to the Utah Department of Finance.
Pederson was making $596K before he was fired so you can be sure Barnes had a contract that paid similar of even more… let’s say between $600-$700K.
In 2016 the Top 15 ADs’ salaries (base salaries) ranged from LSU’s $725K to Vanderbilt’s $3.23 million. Vanderbilt my Pitt friends – 3.23 million!
To put Pitt’s place in the pecking order in perspective here are some of the schools that pay their ADs equal to or more than 725K.
Texas A&M – $800K
Tennessee – $817K
Iowa State – $900K
Arkansas – $903K
Duke – $906K
and the real kicker…
Louisville – $141M
Isn’t the University of Louisville the school that Pitt used to look down our nose at not all that long ago? Arkansas? Iowa State? Holy Hell – is it any wonder why we fans keep feeling like the athletic department is either stagnant or slipping depending on how much Pitt gear you wear?
Pitt is not going to give Lykes a $500K pay raise from her previous salary. I’d guess they lured her to Pitt for around $350-$475 at the very most. If they do pay her more than that then the BoT should be asked to resign, in total, immediately.
Here is Lyke’s EMU Bio and coverage what’s she’s done there. Apparently she put a heavy emphasis on facilities and student/athlete issues – both important and positive things for sure, but no mention that I can see of her fund-raising abilities. For Pitt’s AD that has to be a priority and an immediate one.
Here’s a bit about the hire from the Trib-Review...
Pitt will hire Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke to replace Scott Barnes, who left last month for Oregon State.
A news conference to introduce Lyke has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Petersen Events Center.
Lyke, who grew up in Canton, Ohio, has been athletic director at Eastern Michigan since 2013 after spending 15 years at Ohio State in several administrative positions, including senior associate athletic director.
A University of Michigan graduate where she lettered in softball, Lyke also was assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of Cincinnati and an enforcement intern with the NCAA.
At Eastern Michigan, Lyke oversees 21 fully funded varsity sports. She is the first woman to hold the full-time athletic director position at EMU and will be the first at Pitt.
A study by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators revealed women comprised 10.6 percent of Division I athletic directors in 2014. Now, Pennsylvania has two, including Penn State’s Sandy Barbour.
Let’s hope this next New-AD press conference goes better than the Basketball Head Coach’s one did with Barnes and Stallings. Even though that was a blast to watch. It will be this afternoon so I’ll write a longer article tomorrow when we know a bit more about her.
From: E.J. Borghetti
Executive Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations
Re: Pitt Athletics Press Conference at 1 p.m. Today
The University of Pittsburgh will introduce its new athletic director at a 1 p.m. press conference today at the Petersen Events Center. The press conference will be held on the arena floor.
Here is the website of EMU’s football team. They play in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). ESPN has a more detailed site for them… What is interesting is that under her command the Eagles had a defense almost as bad as ours.
Of course she didn’t have a direct impact on the football team like their head FB coach did but this is a football blog and I thought I’d bring it around to that subject.
At the very least she’ll be selling a different type of shoe than our BB coach does. It’s too bad the Sheetz candidate pulled out at the last-minute our we’d have seen a vast improvement of the hot dog concessions at Heinz.
All kidding aside I’m OK, maybe even more than OK, with this hire because it is pretty damn obvious, and has been for some time, that the powers-in-place at Pitt do not want actually to compete with the Big Boy programs. I have never believed differently.
This move cements us in the middle-third of D1 schools in every way and that is Pitt’s Administration’s goal. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently.
We hired Coordinators for our last two FB head coaches so that we could get them on the cheap. We hired a guy on the verge of being fired and who was desperate for a job as the BB head coach so that we could get him on the cheap. Now we have hired a MAC AD so we can get her on the cheap.
Actions speak volumes my friends…