Three years ago, athletics director Bob Bowlsby moved from an
area with many farms (the University of Iowa) to The Farm. Now 57,
the soft-spoken former wrestler is going to the mat to preserve the
quality and quantity of sports at Stanford. In June, Stanford
nabbed its 15th consecutive NCAA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup,
given to the nation's top college athletic program. And this fall,
the Cardinal football team is off to a 4-1 start, its best since
2001. But Bowlsby must grapple with millions of dollars in budget
cuts; earlier this year, Athletics laid off nearly two dozen staff
members. I talked with the AD about money, football and the future.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Well, I've had to replace two major coaching positions, and I
guess other than that, it's just been the general difficulty with
finances. The whole university is struggling, especially with the
downturn in the endo...