PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes spent a quarter century hopscotching across the western half of the United States from one college sports administration job to the next, building a reputation as a talented fundraiser who could generate off-field excitement and on-field results in places that didn't necessarily have a long track record of either.
Given a chance to come east to a school looking to find its place in the ever-changing landscape, Barnes didn't hesitate. The way Barnes figures it, Pittsburgh already has the tools necessary to succeed. His job will be to make sure those tools get to the right people.
"Athletics truly is a front porch," Barnes said after being introduced as athletic director on Friday. "It is not the most important room in the house but it is the most visible and what comes with that is opportunity and responsibility."