The problem judging by coaches records, is that they are often not operating on a "level field" with the competition they play, even other teams in the Mid American Conference. A difference in budgets, facilities, # of scholarships, etc can make a HUGE difference, and this is especially true at BG in the non revenue sports, as many of their budgets and scholarships have been gutted by the athletic administration, while they should be looking at cutting the number of administrators, personnel and salaries that have been added at the top, and keeping individual sport budget and scholarships on an even keel with their competition. It is almost to the point where we have more associate and assistant athletic directors than we do coaches!
One of our past AD's recently told me, that he thougt we now have almost twice as many people (not coaches) working in the athjletic department as we did 10-15 years ago.
Some of the reasons you give are true, and some of it is also due to coaching. I realize that not everything the BGSU Athletic Dept does is perfect. Far from it. However, you can't blame EVERYTHING on the athletic director. There are a lot of MAC schools and teams in the same boat as BGSU in terms of scholarships & budgets. Sometimes, when a team struggles, the coach is at least partially to blame.
Also, in looking at BGSU's athletic staff in comparison with the staffs of some other schools, I don't think there's a lot of fat that needs to be trimmed. If anything, it looks to me like BGSU needs MORE staff in a lot of areas. Just like you, though, I'm no expert at running an athletic department or a University, so how would I know?
Factman isn't an expert in running a college athletic department? I thought it was as simple as, Firing Cristopher having 3 secretaries and an associate AD. Boom, baseball gets an extra million bucks a year, world domination follows.
Factman complains about athletic department size is to big. Bubba Bo Bob Brain complains the department outsourced women's basketball ticket sales to an outside company.
It is what it is.