Okay, I undertand the AP writer is, for the most part, is simply trying to find an interesting angle in an otherwise unimportant bowl game featuring Wisconsin and Miami. And yes, Donna Shalala now president of Miami and former Chancellor of Madison IS a relevant storyline. But is it just me, or does it look a little silly here giving her the credit this story seems to for the resurgence of UW sports?
Look, Pat Richter was a GREAT hire, and he in turn did an EXCELLENT job rebuilding both the football and basketball programs at the UW. And yes, it says Shalala lobbied Richter hard to take the job at his alma mater. I give Bob Harlan a lot of credit for the resurgence of the Green Bay Packers since he earned the top job in the late 80's. But running the Packers was his job. She HIRED someone to run the athletic programs. Shalala is quoted in the story as saying she has gotten too much credit for the resurgence of UW athletic programs. I never really thought so, until I saw this story in today's Green Bay paper.