So now the elephant which has been in the offices of Boston College athletics for the past several months has become visible.

Boston College acknowledged on Tuesday that athletic director Brad Bates would be leaving The Heights in June to start a new job–as a vice president of a search firm headed by former UConn AD Todd Turner.

The irony in that move, of course, is that Turner’s firm tried to get Bates another job in athletic administration, but couldn’t, so it did the next best thing–it hired Bates, who will be a good administrator in that role.

What he was not–during his four and one half year stint at BC–was a good athletic director, which was why Bates was given a simple message last summer that he had a year to find a new job, because his contract would not be  renewed at BC.

The bottom line for Bates at BC was that the revenue producing sports were floundering, fund raising and attendance were down and the core group of a small, but loyal base of BC fans was declining.

Since Bates now has another job, BC will not have to “fire” him, which has always been the preferable mode of operation for BC.

But before things can get better, whomever is making the decision–the final call will still be BC President Father William Leahy–needs to hire the right person.

The danger for BC is that it follows its normal path of looking for new personnel: hire a search firm, go through a vetting and interview process and then come up with a list of three or four finalists for more interviews and more vetting. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.