Anybody who is that upset over RV getting an extension as AD, I have two words for you:
I don't like long term contracts for coaches or AD's, don't see the need for it, given they only bind the school. However, I don't view RV's performance as highly as many on this board but nether am I in the anti-RV camp. I have no issue giving him credit for the many great things that have occurred with the athletic program, but at the same time I am some what amazed at how many of NT athletics failures that RV seems to get a pass on by the masses.
The one truth IMO is, that none of us knows how overall good or bad job that RV actually does. We are not in position to know, so we base our view on our experience with him and the athletic department and our view of the overall progress of NT athletics. Rawlins and the BOR are the ones charged with his supervision and they have decided he is worthy of a new contract and that is what really matters.
I posted here because of the Craig Helwig comment, whose unpopularity rivals RV's popularity with a lot of the fan base. My question is why? My guess it is because RV is very outgoing and personable while Helwig was the opposite, not exactly job related. In reality, Helwig was charged with bringing NT back to the highest level of football. He accomplished that, and although many apparently didn't like his method which consisted primarily of a lot of so called guaranteed or my hated term "body bag games". I am not sure there were any more options at that time. You can also criticize his hiring of Trilli, but that also pales compared to the Dodge hiring. RV may not have a lot to work with but I assure you had a lot more than Helwig ever had.
The day of the AD position being a guise to give head football more compensation or a place to stash retired football coaches is over. It has evolved into a complicated vital position. AD's these days or not going to make everyone happy but at the same time it takes a lot of skill to balance the demands of the job. RV who I think was woefully unprepared for this position has shown growth over the years and I congratulate him on his new contract. At the same time, I don't understand why anyone would not understand that RV as any AD has ruffled more than a few feathers through the years.