Fat Harry wrote:I still think Barbour is the worst, simply because she wasted all the good will of the Bowden era by hiring Scelfo.
Sandy fired Buddy Teevens and hired Tommy Bowden, when Bowden left she gave the job to RR, Cowen overruled her and hired Scelfo and pushed Sandy out a short time later and hired Rick Dickson.
At the time, I seem to recall, there seemed to be a good deal of animus among Tulane people toward Barbour and I have understood exactly why.
Tulane seemed to be doing pretty well in several different sports in the late 1990's. She may or may not have been the direct cause of that successs but, still, it happened and you can't say nearly so much that about the past 14 years.
Plus, she's gone on to bigger and better positions and presided over seemingly pretty decent and solidly performing programs at other places.
And if you're going to make a change of athletics directors (or coaches, for that matter) and you don't bring in someone better, achieve better results as a result of having made the change, then it was not a worthwhile action to have made the change.
And this was one of the first major actions that Cowen undertook in his tenure as school president (and I distinctly remember hearing lots of people saying "wow Cowen went out and hired someone from a school in a major conference. He must be serious about winning.").
Tulane sports: small football stadium, very small basketball arena, w̶i̶n̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶g̶r̶a̶m̶s̶, h̶o̶n̶e̶s̶t̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶c̶c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶a̶b̶i̶l̶i̶t̶y̶ , but, hey, now there's tailgating.