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Spetman Out As FSU AD, Reassigned To Senior Advisory Role Within Department
Published June 6, 2013
FINDING A FIT: In Tallahassee, Ira Schoffel writes, "If ever a move was begging to be made, this one was it." Spetman by all accounts "is a good man," and he "didn't bring embarrassment to the university." But the bar "should be set much higher than that when we’re talking about leading one of the nation’s elite athletic programs." While Spetman "might have been a good fit" for former FSU President T.K.Wetherell in '08, that "doesn’t mean he makes sense for the Seminoles now or in the future." Spetman during his five-year tenure "didn’t necessarily hurt anything, but it would be difficult to point to any major accomplishments either" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 6/6). Also in Tallahassee, Jim Henry writes reaction to the verdict was "unanimous: Florida State’s new athletic director must discover creative ways to diversify the department’s revenue stream." While Spetman's "integrity and performance were applauded, the prevailing opinion was that FSU needed a new, dynamic voice to lead and shape the future" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 6/6). ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson wrote under the header, "Florida State Needs A Strong Leader." Spetman was "simply not the picture of a modern AD," but that is "through no fault of his own." Spetman was "brought in by another president, during a time of NCAA issues, and was never really seen as a strong leader." From the moment he "arrived, there seemed to be a general disconnect with the fan base." Spetman was "never Barron’s guy," and when the president and AD "do not see eye to eye on many issues, well, you have problems" (ESPN.com, 6/5).