PROVO, Utah –When news broke on Wednesday that Danny Ainge was stepping down as director of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics organization, I couldn’t help but think of one thing. BYU should attempt to hire Ainge on its university staff.
When you’ve got one of the greatest all-around athletes in school history and an accomplished professional sports coach and executive, you’ve got to find a way to get this guy back to your campus, especially when he’s got connections. close to the university. .
Would Ainge want to work at BYU? Who knows. He has previously been linked with the possibility of having a landing point with the Utah Jazz organization. Someone as talented as Ainge is going to have
For BYU, it would be a home run to appeal to Ainge in any capacity, both for the sports department and for the university as a whole.
When the legendary LaVell Edwards retired after the 2000 football season, he was named “Special Assistant to the President” in 2001. Create a similar title, give Ainge a good salary and give him all the benefits of country club of golf. course in Utah County. While also being close to his family and grandchildren. Something that played a big part in his decision to step down from the Celtics.
The value Danny Ainge could bring to BYU
Why is all this important? Because the realignment of the conference in varsity athletics in one form or another is going to happen soon. No one knows what this will look like over the next few years, but we are currently experiencing a seismic change in the world of college athletics.
Players will be able to earn money because of their name, image and likeness, potentially starting this coming academic year. College football qualifiers could expand to eight, maybe 16, teams. Then you have some valuable TV deals that expire in the next couple of years, which could be the catalyst for a conference realignment.
Who better than Danny Ainge to help athletic director Tom Holmoe and school president Kevin J. Worthen?
As an executive with the Boston Celtics from 2003-2021, Ainge was known as someone who could negotiate deals to build championship contenders. If the realignment returns, Ainge would be a great person to help with the efforts.
Make it happen, BYU. Take Danny Ainge back to Provo.
Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.