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BREAKING NEWS-Joe Quinlan and Seton Hall Set to Part Ways


According to Jerry Carino (and tweeted by Paul Tyahla), Joe Quinlan is about to no longer be Seton Hall's AD.  This appears to be the end of a tenure which the men's basketball team has only made the NCAA's once; his first season.  This was also a tenure which the entire athletic program was particularly weak, as women's basketball, baseball and soccer weren't successful.  Carino writes:

Four sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Quinlan’s contract was not renewed when it expired in September, and that he has been working on an "at-will" basis this year, which is unusual for someone in his position. A potential landing pad is Loyola (Md.), where he began his career as sports information director from 1984-86. Loyola’s longtime AD, Joseph Boylan, is retiring in July. A search is underway.

 

To be honest, this is a good day for Seton Hall, because the tenure of Quinlan was not a successful one at the very least.  There's a Facebook group calling for his ouster, created while I was still an undergrad.  It also ends a battle of wills between Quinlan and Bobby Gonzalez, which turned into Gonzo's favor after signing a contract extension before the season. 

However, now is a huge dilemma for the Pirates as they not only have to bring in an athletic director who will allow Gonzalez to continue to build the program into a real program, but needs one who can help the other sports to experience some success.  Remember, Seton Hall used to have a baseball program that developed players such as Matt Morris, Mo Vaughn and Craig Biggio.  Why can't Seton Hall have a baseball program like that again?  Those in charge at Seton Hall can't take this search for a new AD lightly or the ramifications that will result will lead to a worse era of Seton Hall athletics.  Perhaps a Rutgers-like NCAA drought would result on the wrong person.  The right person, however, can help bring this program back to late-80s, early 90s levels of success.

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