I am a huge fan of the Kirby Hocutt hire.
First, he is a native Texan, which is well established. He is very excited about coming back close to home. I believe this means he'll be here for the long haul. We all know that Texas is an amazing state that has an unnatural draw to any who leave it. I went to the University of Nebraska for an internship a few years ago, and missed Texas sorely. Texas is easily one of the best states in the union to raise a family, Hocutt has kids of 6 and 8. Can you really blame a guy for wanting to leave Ohio (cold) and Miami (raising a family on south beach?) for the homely community of Lubobck? Lubbock is a fantastic city that we should be excited to be associated with!
Second. He is a fantastic fundraiser!
At Oklahoma, Hocutt led the athletics fundraising to an all-time high in annual giving and capital campaigns. From 1998 to 2005, Oklahoma's annual giving increased from $3.4 million to more than $17 million. That 400 percent increase in annual giving was one of the highest percentage increases in intercollegiate athletics history
Admittedly, Bob Stoops helped contribute this a little, but OU is a national program, and UT, during this period, was in a similar slump to prominence path as well, and did not experience this fundraising growth. If Kirby can recreate fundraising increases at Tech as well, we very well will see a new, mega-3D jumbotron, the Law with even average facilities, and perhaps enough money to hire someone who can coach us in basketball.
Third: He is well connected and will take on responsibilities besides just that of Athletic Director, as showcased by his extracurriculars at Miami
THE HOCUTT FILES
In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Miami, Hocutt is also involved in leadership roles with various committees both regionally and nationally.
Orange Bowl Committee
Miami-Dade Sports Commission Board of Directors
Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Association Executive Committee
ACC Committee on Infractions and Penalties
ACC Committee on Sportsmanship
Fourth and finally: We freakin' stole him from Miami! That is "the U"! This is HUGE in the perception of Tech. No matter how you look at it, how you rationalize it from Miami's perspective -- we stole their young, up and coming Athletic Director right out from under them! Despite the last minute efforts of President Shalala to match our salary offer, Kirby packed up and left! Just go ahead and read some news articles from the Miami side of things. Fans are not happy about this at all.
This is nothing but good news for Texas Tech and I look forward to where our new AD will take us in these upcoming years! Guns up!
information in quotes obtained from Miami's Profile of Kirby Hocutt