Radakovich’s name floated for job at Miami

Georgia Tech athletics director Dan Radakovich was included in a list appearing in Sunday’s Miami Herald of potential candidates to take a similar position at Miami. Former athletics director Kirby Hocutt resigned to accept a similar position at Texas Tech.

Radakovich has a tie to Coral Gables, having worked for Miami from 1983-85 as an assistant business manager.

He told a reporter from the Macon Telegraph on Sunday that he hasn’t had any discussions with Miami.

 Since taking over in Atlanta in 2006, Radakovich has led an arguably unprecedented series of facilities improvements at Tech, including a new softball stadium, as well as a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. An indoor football practice facility is under construction and Alexander Memorial Coliseum will soon be demolished and construction will begin on the $45 million McCamish Pavilion. Plans for a rebuilt tennis facility are in the works, and there are discussions for internal renovations to the baseball stadium.

The Georgia Tech Athletics Association recently sold an approximately $90-million, 30-year bond that will fund the construction of those projects.  With the bond, the GTAA’s projected debt will increase to approximately $190 million and will give Tech an annual debt service of as much as $13.7 million by 2014. The GTAA’s current annual debt is $7.2 million.

Though Tech is a public school and Miami is private they have similarities.

Miami had an undergraduate enrollment of 9,268 students in 2009-10, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Tech had 12,351 undergrad enrollees, according to the same report.

Miami’s athletics department had revenues of $56 million compared to $51  million in expenses in 2009-10, according to the DOE report.  Georgia Tech had revenues of $47 million with similar expenses, according to the same report. Tech’s operating budget for the 2011 fiscal year will be approximately $55 million.

Tech and Miami field teams in many of the same sports, though Miami also features women’s golf , rowing and soccer and doesn’t have softball.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

55 comments Add your comment

Burdell90

March 6th, 2011
11:37 pm

Buzz 2011

March 6th, 2011
11:43 pm

If he don’t fire Hewitt let him go………..but I hope he fire PH and stays here forever!

5150 UOAD

March 7th, 2011
12:24 am

Working for LOUD MOUTH Donna Shaelia(?) will be a lot harder than staying at TECH. DRad has fixed or is fixing most of Tech’s problems. Why would he jump to So. Beach and have to start all the CRAP work all over again?

the real Old Gold

March 7th, 2011
12:51 am

Miami sucks.

Where's the money?

March 7th, 2011
6:42 am

Will the Miami job pay more? That is probably the key. Can’t discount the location either. It is a whole lot prettier, and warmer in Miami for sure. He also has a history with Miami, so that may be a selling point as well.

jackie

March 7th, 2011
6:46 am

Why would DRad leave Tech? For the same reason that the other coaches and administrators do…a big step up in pay and prestige.

James

March 7th, 2011
6:53 am

Miami is a step up in prestige?? LMAO! BTW, they are nearly BROKE!

Luke

March 7th, 2011
7:09 am

Sorry Jackie, wouldn’t say its a big step up in prestige. Also, location and family reasons would be the reason he stays. He has tons of connections in a great business city, and his family is also located in Atlanta (his kid goes to Tech). Can’t see him leaving with all the effort he’s put in.

Always a Jacket

March 7th, 2011
8:13 am

Not a great loss. Anyone following Dave Braine would look like a genius. Take Hewitt to Miami too.

TechFAN

March 7th, 2011
8:20 am

Will he take the Paul’s with him. He only hires guys named Paul.

Mister T

March 7th, 2011
8:24 am

I really don’t see The U as a step up in any way unless he is a big game fishing enthusiast and we don’t know it.

THWg!

GTKurt80

March 7th, 2011
8:35 am

Please go Ratface. I haven’t liked this clown since day one, when he said he would build up Tech to be closer to a real athletic program like LSU, where this goofball came from.
If Miami offers, he’s gone. We’re just resume padding for him, till he gets to the big time.
What exactly has he done for us? Hum, he nearly doubled our cost of season tix for FBall and BBall. He wiped out the point system, which many have worked on since graduating. Oh wow, we’re building a bunch of stuff. Some alums have kicked in some big cash, they get their name on it. Bet the GT foundation people had more to do with these contributions than Ratface. But he was there, they probably had free liquor. If debt service is nearly doubling, yet we barely break even now, gee guess what, our “Tech Fund” contribution goes up. I haven’t seen any marketing coming out of the AD department to bring in more revenue. We may have been embarrassed a while back with McDonald’s all over Alexander Memorial, but it did bring in some nice cash. Have we signed any endorsements under his tenure?
Homer Rice was a great AD and a very well respected Gentleman. Ratface, he’s gone and he’s probably hoping before he has to make a Hewitt decision. Hey there’s another camera, smile Ratface, but remember to put the drink down first.

brent cunningham

March 7th, 2011
8:43 am

Mark Price for bb coach and ad

Kentucky Jacket

March 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Wow, GTKurt80, why are you so angry? How many times have you spoken with Dan? Never I bet. Tech fan? I doubt it. If you really knew Dan, you wouldn’t be making the statements you are. My guess is you are a closet dog who wants Dan to leave for obvious reasons. Or at best a fair weather fan. I hope he stays. I know him, he is good man and he is good for GT.

dawgfan

March 7th, 2011
8:52 am

Tech is always a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Techies are smoking the crack rock that is being sold in and around their campus if they don’t think Coach Fish Fry would drop them like a bad habit if something bigger and better came along (it won’t). As for “D-Rad”, Miami would be a higher profile job and definitely more prestigous. If they offered him more money he’s probably a goner. Of course its all speculation and rumors at this point. I suspect Miami will hire someone with experience running a big time college athletics program that competes at an elite level because that is what the Canes aspire to. That pretty much takes Tech’s AD out of contention.

Thanks.

Damon Evans

March 7th, 2011
8:56 am

I’m available. I’ll come for less money and I know several establishments in Midtown and Buckhead really well.

Richard Boone

March 7th, 2011
8:59 am

David,

I think you have done a good job at Tech, although, I don’t know if you have stood up to Tech President Peterson to fight for academic issues on behalf of Tech athletes.
University of Miami President Donna Shalalah, Hillary’s pal who has short hair, wears comfortable shoes and has never been married, will spay you in the first week. If you consider taking the job at Miami for more than ten seconds, please take it, because you are not man enough to be Tech’s athletic director.

Down South Jacket

March 7th, 2011
8:59 am

The past Miami AD left Miami for a job in Lubbock, Texas.

GTBob

March 7th, 2011
9:12 am

Looking at overall athletic programs, I really don’t see how Miami is a step up from Tech. It seems like it would take a pretty lucrative off for him to leave. The last AD left for Texas Tech, a program with less money and prestige then GT.

dawgfan

March 7th, 2011
9:23 am

GTBob, Miami is one of the most recognizable and well known brands in college athletics. People from coast to coast are familiar with the U. The comings and goings at Miami garner national attention. Meanwhile, Tech is the red headed step child in its own state. UGA dominates the headlines (both good and bad) and the hearts of the overwhelming majority of Georgians. Most of your alums move back to Shanghai or Mumbai after graduation and could care less about sports. Miami is a big step up from Tech in terms of prestige. Please put down the crack pipe.

Thanks.

DawginLex

March 7th, 2011
9:25 am

Miami is not a good job

The Bees Nees

March 7th, 2011
9:32 am

This does not seem like a step up.

GTKurt80

March 7th, 2011
9:47 am

Kentucky Jacket.
I got out of Tech in ‘80, been season ticket holder for fball and bball since, I’m not a closet dog. I have shook his hand a couple times, but why do I have to “get to know” him, I suppose over a bottle of something. Coincidentally, I’m originally from KY, so I suppose you two enjoyed some bourbon toghether, I can tip my hat to that. I’m commenting on his job or imo, lack of it.
I don’t trust the guy, okay “Drad”. Haven’t since day one. List his big accomplishments at Tech?? I didn’t understand the fire Gailey thing, but maybe it was his time, I certainly have been pleased with CPJ. I’m not a Hewitt hater, always liked him, HE is a “good man”. It takes a lot more than luck to get to the finals in San Antonio, and I was there. But it is time for Hewitt to move on. Where is Drad in all of this? Virtually never hear anything out of him in support of his coaches. Falcon’s owner, on the sidelines supporting the team, that’s impressive. Drad, up in the luxury suites, having a few drinks and showing what “a good man he is”.
Drad has a mentor somewhere who’s told him, build a bunch of stuff and don’t say anything controversial or too supportive of any coach and you’ll move on to that next AD job, you really want.
There are plenty of AD’s and AD prospects out there that can do as good, and very likely much better, please Drad, GO!

Blip

March 7th, 2011
9:47 am

Miami has one of the smallest Division I athletic departments in the nation, especially in BCS conferences. Maybe the smallest.

They’re always good in baseball, once upon a time used to be good in football, and tend to do well from time to time in tennis.

That’s it.

The school’s primary revenue producer (athletically) is a football team that does not have its own stadium, plays in a stadium some half hour or more from campus, and NEVER sells out that stadium (Dolphins hole).

Other than the weather and water, can somebody tell me the attraction? As a previous poster said, the last AD left for Lubbock. That surely says something.

NovaJacket

March 7th, 2011
9:59 am

DRad will only leave for a significant step up in pay and that won’t happen in Miami. I’d be more concerned about major revenue programs in the SEC or Big 10 where they hate their AD.

Keep DRad

March 7th, 2011
10:15 am

DRad should get the 7 million owed to Hewitt! TECH better step up and pay this man! We can not afford to lose him,

Eric

March 7th, 2011
10:32 am

DRad didn’t double the cost of the tickets, he just increased the price to pay for the costs that the previous AD saddled him with. I think he has done an excellent job. I am amazed he didn’t run away screaming once he realized what a hole Braine had dug for him.

GTBob

March 7th, 2011
10:51 am

dawgfan, Blip pretty much answered for me but I don’t think people realize how small athletics are at Miami compared to other big schools. They have a good football program, a good baseball program, and thats about it. Dog fans like to rag GT fans about attendance. Go look at Miami’s attendance. They barely got 40k for a top 25 matchup against VT last year in football and their basketball attendance is pretty atrocious. I don’t see any reason to leave GT to go there. Their previous AD left for Texas Tech for a reason.

Worm

March 7th, 2011
10:56 am

He’s spending Tech’s money like Obama is the USA’s..Anybody note that UCONN lost a couple million on their Fiesta Bowl trip?

dawgfan

March 7th, 2011
11:48 am

Oh believe me, I’m no guido hair gel wearing Vanilla Ice “U” fan by any stretch of the imagination. I know they have fallen off the map in football and get way more attention than they deserve. I do think they are a step up from Tech though. That’s all I’m saying. And I saw this as a good opportunity to give you Techies hell about something, which I never pass up.

Thanks.

Brock

March 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

dawgfan

March 5th, 2011
2:46 pm
Don’t you Techies have anything better to do than come on here with your usual hateful bitter “thug” talk about selling jerseys and suspended drivers licenses? I would recommened using your time more wisely by dreaming up more excuses for your half azzed crock of a football program. Coach Fish Fry needs your help.

Thanks.

Hypocrite much?

Brock

March 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

dawgfan practically lives on the tech blogs and he has the audacity to say this on a ga blog.

Thanks for caring so much….dummy.

PureEvil

March 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

He only hires guys named PaulTechFAN

Tech fan huh??? He did NOT hire Paul Hewitt?? You’re obviously a big time Tech fan!!

JacketMan

March 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

GTKurt80… You really do not know this man at all… He has not had a sip of alcohol in 3 years. If you must badmouth someone about something make it about their work not their personal lives. Because you have no idea what your are talking about.

TechFAN

March 7th, 2011
1:57 pm

Tech fan huh??? He did NOT hire Paul Hewitt?? You’re obviously a big time Tech fan!!

Never said he did. But he has hired quite a few guys named Paul. Here are a few that I came up with out of my head that he did hire. There could be more but this is from a guy who is obviously not a big time Tech fan
Paul Johnson Football

Paul Griffin Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Paul Parker Assistant Director of Athletics – Compliance

Knight Sighting in ATL

March 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

Miami’s AD left for a job in Lubbock where there is not a beach but where they can get more than 3 people to a sporting event.

Knight Sighting in ATL

March 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

The location in South Florida notwithstanding, the Miami AD job is the worst in the conference due to the administration, budget limitations, anemic alumni support, and a tradition that is as much about being thugs as it is about being winners.

FullMetalJacket

March 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

DRad will leave Georgia Tech one day, but it would never be for a position like Miami. Michigan, USC, maybe even a Bama or Florida, but he is too smart to take a step down. He still wants to build a few things at Tech (he’s all about finance and facilities), but after his resume is fully padded here he will be moving up, not just out. We’re glad to have him while we have him, and will continue to support him if he continues to make good decisions. (He has a big one to make next week.)

FullMetalJacket

March 7th, 2011
2:14 pm

The only question we’re really interested in is who will replace Paul Hewitt, not who will be the next Miami AD.

Management

March 7th, 2011
3:00 pm

AMEN FullMetalJacket!! Who are we going after in basketball??????? I do not like a 70 yr old T Smith. I’m on pins and needles…not because of the ACC Tourney…but b/c it looks like we’ll be getting a new leader on the hardwoods.

Kentucky Jacket

March 7th, 2011
4:20 pm

GTKurt80, I came back to blog to see if you responded. Like JacketMan said, you really don’t have any idea what you are talking about. I have been with Dan on several social occassions and never saw him have a drink nor did he accept my offer to get him one. Your personal attack’s are sorely misguided and very unfortunate. I hope you are never subjected to false accusations from someone with no clue. We can agree to disagree; I think Dan has done a remarkable job cleaning up the mess left by Dave Braine. Our financial situation when Dan arrived was horrible and he has made the most of what he was left to work with and put us on the road to finacial stability while building new facilities. Once you know the facts I am confident your opinion will change but until you know the facts please stop degrading and making false accusations.

Drad Fan 2

March 7th, 2011
6:12 pm

Drad is one of the ten best Ads in the country. I hope he never leaves. He is cleaning up a financial mess and yet trying to keep our facilities up-to-date.

Hurricane Randy

March 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

Yeah you say Miami sucks so what does that make GT a 35-10 loser at home against a very poorly coached Miami team with talent that has yet to equal their recruitment class rankings. Against a Miami team playing a true freshman QB who torched your secondary and a Miami team that ran all over your defense a team that couldn’t catch a cold if it wanted to. LMAO! Georgia what?

5150 UOAD

March 7th, 2011
7:55 pm

Hurricane Randy do some research and see Tech has Miami’s NUMBER so far in the last few years and in the series. Miami is in a real Ghetto. If you think Tech is bad go see what it looks like around The U.

K

March 7th, 2011
8:28 pm

Drad has been very good for Tech, and I for one think we should do all we can to keep him.
As for the UGA commenters: goth! and go to your own site to make your nasty comments!

BIG BEE

March 7th, 2011
10:07 pm

If he wants to go, let him go with no ill will. He would only be living the AMERICAN DREAM that everyone wants. Climb the ladder go as far as you can. If the job is South, North, East or West, go for it. Just be sure your wife will be satisfied because that is part of the AMERICAN DREAM.

GTKurt80

March 7th, 2011
10:11 pm

Kentucky Jacket
I’m glad that you are not personally offended by my remarks, you appear to be a good Tech fan, suporting GT, which I have done before, and I don’t blog very often as you. We have real lives, not like Dawgfan or a bunch of others. But I do have a clue in this matter, Drad seriously offended someone VERY near and dear to the GT “Nation” when he probably was overserved. This comes from a very reliable source, and I believe it. Now maybe he’s striagthend out his public appearance, and I would applaud him for that, but I suspect that his mentor, whorever that is, gave him the riot act. I don’t trust Drad and never will based upon his initial comments. Let’s agree to disagree. He may have solved our initial financial problems by making the loyal alums pay for the increase in expenses, but what is he going to do in the future with increased debt service, but increase our costs again? We have a lot more undergrads than when I attended Tech, but we still have the same number of season ticket holders. Seems obvious to me, that we need to increase our marketing to current students for long term gain, duh! You still haven’t pointed out to me what great things Drad has done for Tech! I fully believe that we can do better with a new AD, who will stand up and market Tech. Tech has a very rich tradition and Drad has a SEC mentality.
It won’t break my heart if Drad stays around, but we can do a lot better.

BIG BEE

March 7th, 2011
10:12 pm

BROCK, your time would be bette spent on your own blog. Why are you on here anyway?

GDBurdell

March 7th, 2011
10:16 pm

Haha who would leave the dangerous grimy and blighted ghetto that is tek for awesome sunny Miami