Penn State Hires Former Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour

By DJ Byrnes on July 26, 2014 at 12:47p

Penn State shocked the college athletics realm today with the hiring of former Cal athletic director, Sandy Barbour.

Having served in that post for a decade before Berkeley's chancellor fired her due to their need for a "change in leadership," Barbour will replace former Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner, who is retiring on August 1st. Barbour's first day on the job will be August 16th.

She will reportedly be getting a $100,000 raise.

Here's a headline from the San Francisco Examinerdated July 01, 2014:

Sandy Barbour was a mistake from the beginning for Cal

*steeples fingers* Tell me more, Glenn Dickey....

[..] She fired Tedford and hired Sonny Dykes, who coaches an offensive system that doesn’t work on the Pac-12 Conference level. The Bears went 1-10 last year and their prospects for the future are dim. And though Dykes was campaigning for the job, Barbour gave him a five-year contract. That means her successor will have to pay off three years of that contract when Dykes is fired after another dreadful season.


Otherwise, though, the picture is grim. The graduation rate for football players is dead last in the conference, despite the fact that more players are opting for easier academic schedules. In other words, they’re not winning or getting an education. The daily double.

And Barbour has been tone deaf on Cal tradition. She wanted to put this year’s Big Game at the 49ers’ new stadium before she heard from irate alumni.

To be fair, Barbour set fundraising records at Cal and likely won't have to hire a football coach for a long time.

But, this is a puzzling move that came out of left field.

Source: @McMurphyESPN


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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Puppet regime...

Franklin will do what he wants with football. Sandy Barbour will fundraise and steer non revenue sports. The president will handle the rest. 

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I agree, they hire someone who came under a bunch of criticism. Easy to push someone around who was just fired and happy to have another good job. I'm confident this was a move to insure Franklin can run the show. I'm sure if she tries to do anything against their agenda she will be on a very short leash.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

d5k's picture

Without regard to the conclusions about Barbour, I found it pretty hilarious that Dickey cited Dykes' offensive philosophy not being compatible with the PAC12 as the reason he had a poor first season.  The PAC12 which is home to more offensive variety than practically any other major conference besides perhaps the Big 12.  The conference that Chip Kelly dominated for several years with an innovative uptempo spread to run system.  Lazy inferences imo.

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Poison nuts's picture

Agreed in full on that - thought the same thing...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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rock flag and eagle's picture

Agree. Interesting that in Tedford's last few years (2007-2012) his team was ranked 48th, 47th, 50th, 90th, 44th, and 68th in total yardage.

In Dykes first year, Cal had the 34th ranked offense.  In his first attempt, with a freshman QB, and with virtually no recruits of his own, he put up more yards than Tedford has in years.  When the team and his QB get a little more experience and more familiarity with the playbook, they should be one of the better offenses in the PAC 12.  

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Dykes and that true freshman QB that lit our asses up will be just fine. Dykes really even went into full rebuild mode and started a ton of young talent on D. Knowing they will only improve and basically giving his first year away. If that squad can get the talent and coaching on the D side of the ball they will be contending for a pac-12 title in a couple years. In 2015 it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see Cal the #1 offense in the Nation. 2014 they might crack top 10.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

TedGinnIsFasterThanYou's picture

LOL that this gal hired a coach by the name of Dykes.

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MN Buckeye's picture

For a moment I thought they snagged Julie Hermann from Rutgers.

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40 Degrees North's picture

Isn't this the same person who made some backhanded comments against OSU after the game last year? 

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Nick's picture

That's probably what got her the job.

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Fear The Elf's picture

The graduation rate for football players is dead last in the conference, despite the fact that more players are opting for easier academic schedules.

Didn't someone write a long article about how Cal players "win at life" after OSU beat them last year?

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Fatpants's picture

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

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TedGinnIsFasterThanYou's picture

What an appeasing joke hire. Look at the graduation rates of Cal football and basketball under her tenure.

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FROMTHE18's picture

Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke…Im not a feminist, well, I'm not what feminists are today, but I have to say there are plenty of male AD's who are complete idiots when it comes to many things, including hiring coaches. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Regardless of the gender of the AD, colleges contract hiring consultants to come up with the candidates.  Those contracts are usually hundreds of thousands of dollars and always result in a combo of Gruden/Dungy/Munchak/ Schiano/Peterson/Patterson. 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Editing your post to hide your original comment is weak sauce.

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AndyVance's picture

I'm sensing a pattern there, Scarlet...

  1. Write something inflammatory, ignorant or both,
  2. Earn eight or nine down votes and several unkind responses,
  3. Edit post to something relatively banal or innocuous.
Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I was wondering what about his statement as currently read would earn him the DVs.  

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

It looks like he went on quite the tear last night.

That's why you should never mix antihistamines & codeine.

chicagobuckeye's picture

For those who are wondering why he has so many downvotes for an tame remark the previous edit made a point about how would a woman know how to hire a football coach. Don't do this as Andy and scarlet pointed out. Man up and own your comment and the subsequent downvotes or don't post. 

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

Don't be so arrogant and naive to say women don't know anything about football (or athletics in general, in this case). Women who enjoy sports might not be as common as men, but don't say that those that do watch and participate know nothing at all

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AndyVance's picture

what the F would this woman know about hiring a football coach though?

Just a rough estimate, but probably 100% more than you do, having done it at an FBS school once already.

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FROMTHE18's picture

Penn State. Proving everyone that their 'standards' were/are a ton of crap since forever. Anyone else getting a feeling that PSU will get busted from something against NCAA (if it still exists) rules eventually and be finally put to death? Seems like they've replaced horrendous, unaccountable twats with even grander idiots (I think Franklin is a snake in the grass waiting to be pulverised by Urban and Dantonio). 

Citrus's picture

This hire isn't so outta-left-field to me. Put coke bottle glasses on her and she looks exactly like JoePa

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Love this hire - keep it up PSU.

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TedGinnIsFasterThanYou's picture

[edited by 11W staff - no politics/no tolerance]

She left Cal with a ton of debt. She has no financial sense. 

Cal had among the worst graduation rates in the country for football and basketball under her tenure. She's certainly not being hired because of success.

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TBDBITL0509's picture

Just stop. Don't try to politicize it. 

You may have missed it earlier, but she's apparently a pretty great fundraiser. She's obviously not the best AD you could get for sports reasons, but I tend to believe that she's not being hired to steer the ship. PSU needs $$$.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture
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allinosu's picture

I thought coaches determined their coaching staff.