UNLV A.D. Charlie Cavagnaro Retires

<p>Carol Harter finally did it. Finally a correct decision. After 5 years as the Athletic Director at UNLV, Charlie Cavagnaro announces he's going to retire effective June 30, 2002, when his one-year contract runs out. The decision surprised a few members in the UNLV athletics department but was expected by many.<p>

Carol Harter finally did it. Finally a correct decision. After 5 years as the Athletic Director at UNLV, Charlie Cavagnaro announces he's going to retire effective June 30, 2002, when his one-year contract runs out. The decision surprised a few members in the UNLV athletics department but was expected by many. His contract was extended to then end of next season by Harter as she had outlined a new plan for him to focus more on fundraising and connecting with the community. Didn't happen. So UNLV fans, players, administration, and student-athletes will have to deal with Charlie for yet one more season. It should have been done sooner, but at least Harter finally did it.

Call it a retirement if you want, but UNLV president Carol Harter didn't have a choice, and was forced to let Cavagnaro go. Cavagnaro wouldn't comment, return phone calls, or make a public statement, rather he ran off to Hawaii with his wife to get away from this mess. Why it took so long to force Charlie into "retirement" is beyond me. From Charlie calling UNLV girls softball players "dykes in spikes", calling UNLV basketball players "monkeys", to drinking too much, to the foul up of hiring Rick Pitino to take over the men's basketball program, to his lack of work ethic causing him to fail to raise any significant amount of money or drum up much community interest. Take your pick, there are many. Bottom line is Cavagnaro has done a pathetic job since arriving in Las Vegas over 5 years ago. One person close to the UNLV program and college basketball in general stated to me "Chuck (Cavangnaro) is the absolute worst college A.D. in the country, well, maybe with the exception of one. He doesn't even have the respect of his colleges at UNLV, much less around the nation".

Will Harter be around long enough to pick the next A.D.? That has yet to be determined, but if she is, there are a lot of strong candidates ready to listen. Names popping up around the Vegas Valley are Brad Rothermel (former A.D. that led UNLV to the 1990 Title), Jerry Koloskie (senior associate athletics director), Dwayne Knight (golf coach who is very well respected around UNLV), Jim Bolla (former Director of Athletics), Mike Meyer (CCSN's A.D., who is very well known throughout the valley and has the ability to raise levels of interest and money). There are a lot of great choices out there; we'll just have to see if Harter can make another correct decision, if she's around to make it.


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