Never afraid to try something different, Bobby Valentine might be heading from the home dugout at Fenway Park to a small university in Fairfield, Conn. He has applied for the director of athletics position at Sacred Heart, the Connecticut Post has reported. That's not ESPN, that's not a pro coaching gig, that's not even getting away from it all for a year, which nobody would begrudge Valentine after he was let go from the comically dysfunctional disaster that was the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
OK, Bobby. We get it. You're a free spirt, the guy who allegedly invented the wrap; who went to Japan to manage; who signed on to be the director of health and public safety in Stamford, Conn. so he could direct traffic in the middle of a snowstorm; who did a Red Sox radio show exclusively for a New York audience; who unwisely called out star player Kevin Youkilis (also singlehandedly destroying whatever trade value remained); who texts while biking in Central Park; who rappelled down a building with Yanks GM Brian Cashman. And so on.
Sacred Heart is a Div. I school in each of its 31 sports (except for football) with a total undergraduate enrollment of about 4,100. So it's almost as big as Boston. The baseball team won the Northeast Conference in 2012, which is just like winning the AL East. And there's an ice hockey team. Also like Boston. And yet, the story in the Post is not all that flattering to Valentine; it quotes an anonymous school source as saying he is "among the candidates for the job."
Among? Among? You'd think a guy with 40-plus years of experience in professional baseball would be at least among the leading candidates to replace outgoing A.D. Don Cook, right?
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