I am not going to spend much time with an intro here. I thought about live blogging this, but the gobearcats.com feed really sucked so I held off a minute. If you want to watch it in its entirety the link to the press conference is here. It's 32 minutes long but nothing happens until 13minutes in.
* At the start of the search Whit Babcock was a name that continually came up
* Used the phrase rising star at least twice in regards to Babcock
* Views the appointment of Babcock as a launching point for a new era of UC sports.
* Jumped straight to Babcocks extensive fund raising credentials, which was of course the biggest knock for Mike Thomas
* This is certainly fuel to the fire to those that believe that Mike Thomas was told by Williams to find a job soon because he wasn't keeping this one.
* Several members of the Missouri Athletic Department flew in for the press conference
* Has "absolute" confidence in Whit Babcock
* Opens with a joke about knowing what it feels like to be drafted in the first round. Strong move Whit, strong move
* President Williams was a major draw for Babcock taking the position
* Another joke about his children "Drew, Eli and Brett not being named after NFL Quarterbacks." 90 seconds in and I like him already
* Three priorities for the UC Athletic department. A "commitment to comprehensive excellence," a "centering focus on the student athlete," and "We will engage the community...Campus, City, State and Beyond"
* "The logo never comes off"
* Very gracious to Mike Alden (Mizzou AD) for preparing him for the challenge of the UC job.
* Understands the Xavier situation.
As I said it took all of 90 seconds for me to like Whit Babcock. About 6 minutes for me to really hate Mike Thomas. Babcock was always the best man for the job and I am thrilled thatwas able to bring him into the fold.