We missed it.
We thought the other candidate would get the nod. We were wrong.
Missouri Southern today hired Cassie Mathes as the new, better looking Rod Surber. Surber, of course, got the fate of a major league baseball player being “designated for assignment.” He became director of web content. Which is what Mathes did for Pittsburg State University most recently.
Cool. At least the constant reach of athletics has been stemmed for a time.
So what do we know about the new U flack? Not much. All we have is from the university press release, which will turn into the forthcoming Joplin Globe “story” on the hiring.
Mathes is a Southern graduate, which helps. She recently worked in a functional higher education environment at PSU, which helps. And she seems to have her shit together, which helps.
Unfortunately, she walks into a tough situation.
Two jobs that are bloody, a mess and you never want to have:
- Civil War battlefield surgeon
- Bruce Speck’s PR person
Think about this. Poor Mathes walks into a situation where she will have to spin (based on history) a university that censors, hires felons, does not vet coaches and more!
She comes to a place where a then-Bored of the Governors member once made a homophobic slur and the other governors tried to keep it out of the press.
We won’t go on. Just sayin’ that here she will have to have her hard hat on to spin the Dream Team.