Search Draws Controversy

May 10, 2018

A month after the departure of Kevin Anderson as Athletic Director at the University of Maryland, some boosters and other donors are expressing concern about the search for his replacement. According to The Baltimore Sun, Barry DesRoches, a 1980 graduate of Maryland and a long-time donor, has accused the school of favoring the interim athletic director, Damon Evans.

“I did not see the process as it was evolving as being set up to get us a really highly qualified candidate,” DesRoches said . “In fact, it looks a little stacked toward the guy who’s in there in the acting capacity.”

DesRoches also sent a letter to the University of Maryland, expressing that he was “very frustrated” and concerned about the ramifications the process may have for the school.

”Athletics is the glue — the strongest piece of glue — that binds alumni to the school,” DesRoches said. “It makes the state as a whole supportive of the school. It’s got potential to be phenomenal here, but it’s going to take the right type of leadership to make that happen.”

Steve Baldwin, a 1983 graduate of Maryland and a long-time donor, also wrote a letter to the school, in which he said they were “underselling” themselves, something that would prove detrimental to their interests.

“When I look at the place, I feel like we really don’t understand where we are. We’ve been irrelevant in our revenue sports for a decade,” said Baldwin, who has been among the school’s top 20 athletic donors for nearly two decades. “We have to completely change the way we do business. We have to change our objectives by raising those [expectations] much higher. It isn’t good enough to make the [NCAA] tournament or make a bowl game. Be bold.”

Evans refused to talk about any of the decisions he was making in his role as interim athletic director, but said he had the University of Maryland's best interests in mind.

“You’re going to have people like what you’re doing, the decisions that you make,” Evans said. “You’re going to have people who are going to like you personally and you’re going to have that other group, they’re not going to like what you’re doing, they’re not going like you personally, they don’t think you’re the right individual,” he said. “You’re not going to make everyone happy. That doesn’t mean you’re not going to try.”

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