RALEIGH, N.C. --- There is always unfinished business when someone leaves any job, no matter how long they've been around.
Debbie Yow was Maryland's athletic director for 16 years. And just as was the case when she arrived, her department remains in debt upon her departure.
Of course, that fiscally disastrous mountain was reduced 90 percent in that time. But some of it still exists.
"It would have been really nice to have been there and had some ceremony with some piece of paper to burn that was symbolic of the inherited $51 million debt, which is now down to $5.5 [million]," Yow said. "That pleasure is going to belong to someone else. Hopefully Jeff."
"Jeff" would be Jeff Hathaway, the athletic director at Connecticut.
It's tempting to draw up a list of candidates to be Yow's successor, if only because that's a parlor game many people like to engage in. Realistically, however, an accurate list will be impossible to cobble together until Maryland names a new president to succeed the retiring C.D. Mote Jr.
Nonetheless, few big-name athletic administrators have as many ties to Maryland as Hathaway.
"He’s well respected in the world of intercollegiate athletic.s he’s dealt with, in an equity conference in the big eats, been successful in men’s and women’s basketball, renegotiated those contracts multiple times," Yow said. "He’s a graduate. His wife is a graduate. Perhaps that conference is not as stable as the ACC. And the ACC has a new TV agreement with more money. I’m practicing [that pitch] because I will be calling him and saying ‘You need to come home.’"
Hathaway, a member of the NCAA men's basketball committee through 2012, was named Connecticut's athletic director in 2003. Yow said she is looking forward to contacting him to pitch the job she just left.
"I have never talked to him about that job because I never envisioned I would be leaving," Yow said. "But I will call him as soon as I get a chance.