Friday, February 15, 2008

NEW FSU AD AND FORMER NUKE COMMANDER CRIES DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

And you thought Roger Clemens was good on a big stage…

Randy Spetman, 55, the Utah State athletic director and a former Air Force colonel who spent a year in Germany in charge of the European Nuclear Command and Control System, is the new AD at Florida State. Nice timing, huh?

FSU President T.K. Wetherell, said, “I don't think I've seen anybody more excited to come to Florida State University since I got elected to come to Florida State University," Wetherell said. Moments earlier, Wetherell had told a story about when he called Spetman to inform him that he'd earned the job. Spetman, who replaces former FSU AD Dave Hart, nearly cried, Wetherell said.

There were no tears on Monday. Just cheers. When Spetman rose from his chair and walked behind the podium, he turned to Wetherell and said, "I can guarantee you, sir, I won't disappoint you."

Spetman, the AD at Utah State since 2004, first became an athletic director in 1995 at Air Force, his alma mater. Before then, he had control over nuclear weapons and was on call to take orders from the U.S. president.

"He's been at Air Force Academy, been at Utah State, worked for the president of the United States . . . He'll probably handle me OK," Wetherell said.

(Photo: Not Spetman)

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