Bates says he is not going West

The saga of Boston College athletic director Brad Bates will apparently not take him West--at least not for now.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Bates has insisted and emphatically denied that he would be heading for San Diego State. Bates did not say that he wasn't interested in the job.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

Numerous sources have confirmed that Bates was very much interested in the opening at San Diego State which was created when former Aztec AD Jim Sterk became the AD at Missouri.

Bates, whose contract with BC will expire next summer, became a prime candidate because of his association with Todd Turner, who is running the search for San Diego State. Turner and Bates worked together at Vanderbilt and have known each other for almost 20 years.

Under normal circumstances, Bates would have been an easy and good fit. But because of Boston College's inept record the past two seasons in football and basketball (winless in the ACC in football and basketball last season and 0-3 in football this season) and the recent failures (at least until this point) of football coach Steve Addazio and basketball coach Jim Christian--both of whom were hired by Bates--Bates has become a tough sell to schools looking for new athletic directors.

Still, mainly because of the connection with Turner, several sources confirmed that Bates, despite the questions about his stay at BC, was a viable candidate.

With those factors involved, San Diego State officials could very well go in another direction, with several sources suggesting that Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth has become the prime candidate. There is linkage between Turner and Knuth as well. Turner was the athletic director at UConn, while Knuth is a UConn graduate, although Turner had already left UConn in 1990, when Knuth was just arriving.

If Knuth is the Aztecs choice, then Bates will really be out of the mix at San Diego State. But the question of his long range future will remain unanswered until he is given an extension on his contract or he moves to another school.[/membership]