We all know how Dan Guerrero is the Worst AD in America. But did you know that there's actually a tough race to the bottom?
Rutgers AD Julie Hermann told a group of Rutgers journalism students that it would be great if the Newark Star-Ledger, the biggest newspaper in New Jersey, would die.
In an article posted on NJ.com, the Star-Ledger's website, Steve Politi details Hermann's comments from a few weeks ago.
"If they’re not writing headlines that are getting our attention, they’re not selling ads – and they die," Hermann told the Media Ethics and Law class. "And the Ledger almost died in June, right?"
"They might die again next month," a student said.
"That would be great," she replied. "I’m going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive."
Well, what has happened since her comments? On Friday, the newspaper, in an attempt to remain operating, laid off 167 people. I don't think I have to remind anyone that these are people with families, mortgages and other financial obligations who now need to find a new source of income.
It just isn't the sort of thing anyone should take glee in. But, in true Guerrero fashion, she did.
To put it in the proper context, imagine Chianti telling UCLA students he hoped the LA Times, the Daily News or the OC Register dies. Sure, some of us wouldn't miss whichever paper he chose, especially if it were the LA Times, but, to wish unemployment on people?
The only saving grace I can predict that would prevent Dan from making such a stupid comment would be that before he commented, he would certainly send out his obligatory email:
"FYI -- Are we commenting on the demise of the [Times, Daily News, or OC Register]?"
Congratulations, Dan! You may not be the absolute worst Athletic Director in the country. Don't get too comfortable, though. You're still pretty darn close to it.