Bobby V as AD: Gimmick or Savior?

Bobby V as AD: Gimmick or Savior?

We know why Bobby Valentine is here. This is one more step on his path to spiritual enlightenment, a path that includes doing everything, everywhere in one lifetime, culminating one day with Bobby V repainting Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and becoming The Most Interesting Man in the World in Dos Equis commercials.

We know, too, why Sacred Heart has named Valentine, who'll be 63 when he takes over July 1, as its executive director of athletics. The school wants to make him the face of its Division I athletics, a face that, incidentally, wears a smirk nearly as big as the one on the Pioneers mascot. Raising funds? Recruiting sponsors? Recruiting athletes on the fence? These could be Valentine's greatest contributions.

Bobby V is cashing in on his need to be the greatest Renaissance Man since da Vinci. Sacred Heart is looking to cash in on Valentine's fame, name and brain with what school President John Petillo called "out of the box" thinking.

Here's what we don't know: How well it will all work. We certainly don't know how long it will last.

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