Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The AD Job - Jeff Bourne is on the list

Georgia Tech officials and James Madison AD Jeff Bourne have made contact about the Tech AD job, although an interview has not been setup. Bourne was an assistant AD at Tech under Dave Braine and actually came with Braine from VaTech as well. Here's a nice story recapping his history and thoughts

"Yeah, I think I need to look at it," said Bourne, who worked at the ACC school for three years before taking the JMU job in 1999. "I’ve been there before, I know the university and the program and the coaches."

The 46-year-old Bourne, who graduated from Bridgewater College in 1981, said he thinks he fits the description of what Georgia Tech is looking for in an A.D.

"I believe they want somebody who they feel has an understanding and a tie to Georgia Tech, who understands the coaches and the expectations of the program and has a sense of the culture at Georgia Tech," he said.

What are those expectations?

"They are literally to compete at the highest levels in the ACC," Bourne said. "They fund their programs competitively. They want to win championships. They want to continue to be at the pinnacle of the ACC programs."

By the way it was Bourne that hired Dean Keener away from Tech to be the JMU head coach (and replace another former Jacket assistant Sherm Dillard).