Notre Dame AD: 'I look at teams when they come in my building'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 4, 2013
Brian Kelly is preparing Notre Dame for the national title game, and there's been almost no talk about him leaving the Irish anytime soon, but Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will be ready if that time ever comes.
Swarbrick talked about the hiring process with Yahoo! Sports Radio. Swarbrick does not keep a written-down list of candidates to replace his coaches should they leave, but he's always on the lookout for good candidates, he said.
"In all of our sports, I am not doing my job if I'm not thinking if something changed, what would I need," he said. "What I am really focused on is, if I had to, if one of my coaches got hit by the proverbial bus, what are the characteristics I would look for. That's what I tend to focus on."
And a good tip for coaches around the country is that the other guy's boss is usually watching when you go into his building.
"For us, it's how a team represents itself," Swarbrick said. "I look at teams when they come into my building. What is their appearance? How do they conduct themselves? How do they represent the school? That reflects on the coach. What's the coach's deportment like with his players. What's the graduation rate like for that program?"
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org