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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    When was he our AD?

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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Found the answer ,1983 - 1986. Thought it was earlier than that.

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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by tenacious_dog View Post
    Found the answer ,1983 - 1986. Thought it was earlier than that.
    Preceded Paul Miller. Wonder what ran him off?
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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Clyde View Post
    Preceded Paul Miller. Wonder what ran him off?
    Honestly, I think he was hired to start a conference. Trans-America? maybe.
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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgpix View Post
    Honestly, I think he was hired to start a conference. Trans-America? maybe.
    He had started our ascent to DIA and Miller came in charging like it was his idea. PM kind of got under AL's skin with that attitude.
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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by tenacious_dog View Post
    Found the answer ,1983 - 1986. Thought it was earlier than that.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisi...etic_directors

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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Clyde View Post
    He had started our ascent to DIA and Miller came in charging like it was his idea. PM kind of got under AL's skin with that attitude.
    More like Vanatta was basketball-oriented and preferred to step aside than lead the push to do what was needed to make Tech's return to I-A successful. The I-A move was why Miller was hired, and he got the job done on schedule.

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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by FriscoDawg View Post
    More like Vanatta was basketball-oriented and preferred to step aside than lead the push to do what was needed to make Tech's return to I-A successful. The I-A move was why Miller was hired, and he got the job done on schedule.
    I know you know, but it was not a "return to 1A". We were Division 1 before the Division 1 split of 1A and 1AA of '78 which was one of FJ's few bad decisions (to break off to 1AA).
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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by PawDawg View Post
    I know you know, but it was not a "return to 1A". We were Division 1 before the Division 1 split of 1A and 1AA of '78 which was one of FJ's few bad decisions (to break off to 1AA).
    I don't think it was FJ's decision. We had not met the attendance criterion to be classified 1A, nor was the stadium large enough. I am sure there were other factors as well. If I recall, McNeese met the attendance mark but decided not to go up. USL met all requirements and was classified 1A. Tech was the second school to get back to 1-A after the split. Akron was the first.

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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by Amos Moses View Post
    I don't think it was FJ's decision. We had not met the attendance criterion to be classified 1A, nor was the stadium large enough. I am sure there were other factors as well. If I recall, McNeese met the attendance mark but decided not to go up. USL met all requirements and was classified 1A. Tech was the second school to get back to 1-A after the split. Akron was the first.
    No we had a choice. Southwestern chose to be 1A.

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    Yes, the "Boat People" . . . 10-12 heavy hitters took a ride on Monroe PR exec Garland Shell's very nice houseboat on the Ouachita River one day. They committed to backdooring the 30k attendance requirement. The move back up to D1 and the Spirit of '88 season followed.
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    Re: Former Athletic Director Bob Vanatta passed away

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgpix View Post
    Yes, the "Boat People" . . . 10-12 heavy hitters took a ride on Monroe PR exec Garland Shell's very nice houseboat on the Ouachita River one day. They committed to backdooring the 30k attendance requirement. The move up to D1-A and the Spirit of '88 season followed.
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