Warde Manuel seemed very relaxed Wednesday night, more so than you might suspect after spending his morning fielding texts and e-mails and phone calls from those curious after seeing his name connected with the Virginia Tech athletic director’s job.
Manuel reiterated something he’d said earlier in a prepared statement; that he was happy at UConn and was looking forward to continuing his job trying to help place the university in the best possible spot athletically.
You also got the impression that despite its reputation as a football powerhouse, and its position in the ACC, that Warde didn’t think the Virginia Tech job held any more lure than than the one he already has.
But he also seemed resigned to the reality that over the course of time search committees hired by universities to identify possible job applicants may float his name.
Another not surprised was Geno Auriemma.
“First, it’s his background. At a place like Michigan means that he worked at a university where things are generally perceived to be done the way they’re supposed to be done. It’s a fantastic state university, the highest levels of academics, the highest level of athletics,” Auriemma said. “So now you go to Buffalo which was a horrible situation when he got there and now all of a sudden it’s a great situation.
“Now he’s here, and he’s guiding us through the change in conference, hiring a basketball coach, football coach, building a new practice facility and raising money. People notice. When you do things like that and have that kind of history, people notice. He’s made a lot of great friends in the business and that goes a long way.”