USD made it official Thursday, naming David Sayler as new athletic director.
A few extra tidbits from Thursday’s press conference in Vermillion
- Search committee chairman Tina Keller told the large crowd in attendance that the applicant pool included sitting athletic directors from FBS and FCS schools, as well as “non-traditional” candidates.
- USD president Jim Abbott called David Sayler the “appropriate and obvious candidate.”
- Interim A.D. David Herbster was not in attendance Thursday, he was at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) meeting in Anaheim, Calif.
- Responding to a question about increasing student support at athletic events, Sayler talked about “grass-root marketing.” He mentioned having a student crowd that has “some teeth to it,” one that’s clearly identified as a group with different chats. It’s not exactly a surprise that the student atmosphere is really lacking at home games.
- In a separate interview with various members of the local media, Sayler was asked about a potential basketball facility on campus. He said that’s a priority for him, as well as President Abbott, and that he hopes to move forward — once money is located — within the next 4-5 years.
- In that same interview, Sayler was asked about coaching salaries being increased through the Division I transition. And he mentioned a desire to have multi-year contracts, which right now is not allowed through the S.D. Board of Regents. State employees, ie coaches at USD, are inked to only year-by-year salaries, but Sayler said he hopes to have conversations with South Dakota State about possibly doing something about the state’s policy.