New AD ‘con­fi­dent’ in abil­ity to help Bears

Scott dis­cusses aca­demics, bas­ket­ball in­ves­ti­ga­tion at GW, adding var­sity lacrosse

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jonas Shaf­fer

Be­fore Ed­ward Scott be­came an all­con­fer­ence out­fielder and an Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can at Al­bany, be­fore he was named to a post over­see­ing the wel­fare of hun­dreds of stu­dent-ath­letes, Scott’s mother made clear that there wouldn’t be one with­out the other. Aca­demics be­fore ath­let­ics, she said. If he wanted to play, he needed A’s.

Scott learned this early. He re­called be­ing the youngest mem­ber of a Lit­tle League all-star team when his mother got ahold of his grades. He’d got­ten A’s — and, yes, some B’s. His mother steamed over to prac­tice and yanked hi­moff the field for his poor marks —“poor” be­ing a rel­a­tive term.

The all- star team went on to win the cham­pi­onship with­out Scott. He went on to be­come a first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dent and, as of Tues­day, the newly named ath­letic direc­tor at Mor­gan State. Scott, 37, who will leave his post as se­nior as­so­ciate ath­letic direc­tor at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton to take over the de­part­ment Nov. 7, spoke with The Bal­ti­more Sun this week about his ex­pe­ri­ence and his plans for the Bears. Ed­ward Scott Why was mov­ing to Mor­gan State the right move for you at this point in your ca­reer?

I think it came down to tim­ing and cir­cum­stance. As an as­pir­ing ath­letic direc­tor, I’ve been in­volved in other searches, but I just felt that Mor­gan had the right fit, as far as for my skill set. I feel

like I can go in and do some things aca­dem­i­cally, com­pli­ance-wise, that they need while still grow­ing as a rather young leader on the ex­ter­nal side, as far as fundrais­ing and ex­ter­nal re­la­tions. So I felt that it was a good fit there.

And then, most im­por­tantly, I be­lieve in Mor­gan’s val­ues. The op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion to young men and women and use ath­let­ics as a way to pre­pare them for their fu­ture for me is what it’s all about. How will your ex­pe­ri­ence with eli­gi­bil­ity and aca­demics help Mor­gan off the field?

My path is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than a lot of to­day’s ath­letic di­rec­tors that have come from the fundrais­ing side. In par­tic­u­lar, for me, I’ve started out in aca­demics and stu­dent ser­vices, so I was around when they first started the [Aca­demic Progress Rate], so I’ve seen it from its in­cep­tion to where it is to­day, on the sec­ond it­er­a­tion.

As far as aca­demics, I’ve had ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with high- level teams at Louisville. I’ve worked with foot­ball at Al­bany. ... So I un­der­stand how you have to sit­u­ate the aca­demic cul­ture in or­der to be able to put our stu­dent-ath­letes in a po­si­tion to be suc­cess­ful. So I’m very con­fi­dent, based on my track record. …

And then also go­ing through a dif­fi­cult in­ves­ti­ga­tion that I have at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, I think, has given me a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with com­pli­ancere­lated is­sues as well. How­did your in­volve­ment with Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s bas­ket­ball sit­u­a­tion af­fect your can­di­dacy and the in­ter­view process?

[Mor­gan State] pres­i­dent [David] Wil­son … is very can­did, very upfront, so we had a con­ver­sa­tion about the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton bas­ket­ball in­ves­ti­ga­tion. And then I put him in touch with the provost here at GW, For­rest Maltz­man, who’s over­see­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. ...

Dur­ing the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, I had to work closely with Provost Maltz­man while I was over­see­ing the bas­ket­ball pro­gram. … So I think Pres­i­dent Wil­son went through his nor­mal vet­ting process, but I think he spent a lit­tle ex­tra time mak­ing sure that I was clean as far as the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton bas­ket­ball in­ves­ti­ga­tion went.

And I know for sure that Pres­i­dent Wil­son and Provost Maltz­man here at GW had a pretty good con­ver­sa­tion about my can­di­dacy. Be­yond that, I didn’t ask ei­ther gen­tle­man what they talked about. I just know that Pres­i­dent Wil­son was sat­is­fied with the in­for­ma­tion he re­ceived from the provost here at GW. Howwill you ap­proach Wil­son’s wish to ex­plore adding men’s and women’s lacrosse as var­sity pro­grams?

Like any­thing else, I think the first thing is, we­have­tolookatthe­fea­si­bil­ity of adding a men’s or women’s lacrosse pro­gram. So that in­volves Ti­tle IX im­pli­ca­tions. It in­volves fund­ing, fa­cil­i­ties. Sothere’s a lot of pieces that go into it. I would hap­pily re­search it, but at the same time, the con­ver­sa­tions I plan to have with Pres­i­dent Wil­son are mak­ing sure that we’re do­ing the very best we can for the teams that we cur­rently have in our port­fo­lio at Mor­gan be­fore we take on more.

I be­lieve that my phi­los­o­phy wher­ever I’ve been, and it will be the case at Mor­gan, is that we have to be re­ally good at what we do as op­posed to stretch­ing our­selves too thin and be­ing medi­ocre at a lot of dif­fer­ent things. So I’d like to get my arms around what we have, how we’re re­sourced, what the ex­pec­ta­tions are for those pro­grams that I’ll have. And then I’d be happy to en­ter­tain the op­tion of adding men’s or women’s lacrosse — in par­tic­u­lar be­cause of the suc­cess that lacrosse has had at Mor­gan State.

And then the other big piece for me, hav­ing worked with women’s lacrosse at Bing­ham­ton and over­see­ing here at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, is that we’re in the hot­bed of lacrosse for the en­tire coun­try as far as Mary­land and the Bal­ti­more area’s con­cerned. So those are other fac­tors we’d have to con­sider. Could one lacrosse pro­gram be added with­out the other, or would they be a pack­age deal?

From what I know, I don’t be­lieve it would have to be a pack­age deal. Just from the brief con­ver­sa­tions I had dur­ing the in­ter­view process, I be­lieve, at this point, ac­tu­ally adding women’s lacrosse would be a bet­ter sit­u­a­tion for Mor­gan just be­cause of what I know about the Ti­tle IX num­bers. And now, not hav­ing all the specifics, I think women’s lacrosse is prob­a­bly, like I said, would equal out the num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­den­tath­letes. But I would look at both pro­grams and see.

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