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Virginia Tech Pries Babcock Away From Cincinnati To Be New AD With Five-Year Deal
Published January 27, 2014
AN OUTSTANDING CHOICE: UC President Santa Ono said, "Whit is in my view one of the best athletic directors in the country. (Tech) made an outstanding choice ... an inspired choice." In Roanoke, Mark Berman noted Babcock "was in charge of athletic fundraising" at West Virginia and Missouri before getting his first AD job at UC. VT Athletic Development Dir Lu Merritt said Babcock is a "guy of high character, and he’s got great fundraising skills. He’s going to bring a lot of good to Virginia Tech athletics and to our fundraising efforts because he does have such a deep knowledge of fundraising" (ROANOKE TIMES, 1/25). In Cincinnati, Tom Groeschen noted UC Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator Desiree Reed-Francois on Saturday was introduced as interim AD. Babcock appeared at Reed-Francois' introduction and said that it was "hard to pass up the chance to go home, with five generations of family in his native Virginia." Babcock: "Things tend to happen very quickly in situations like these." Ono said that his national search for Babcock's replacement "is under way," and added that his preliminary list "includes 40 to 50 candidates, including some sitting athletic directors." Ono also said that he "will encourage Reed-Francois to be a candidate for the full-time job" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/26).