February 8, 2013 | 12:28pm
Congratulations Blake James, you've just secured the toughest job in college sports.
The University of Miami announced this morning that its hired James as the new Athletics Director. James had been serving in the position on an interim basis since October, when former AD hightailed it out of there to take the same job at Nebraska.
Ever since longtime AD Paul Dee's retirement in 2008 the school has had a hard time holding on to athletic directors. Kirby Hocutt served for about three years before taking a job at Texas Tech. Eichorst served for just about a year and a half.
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Perhaps the fact that James was promoted from the inside will mean he'll stick around a bit longer. He was previously senior associate athletic director for development and ticket operations. Before that he was the AD at Maine.
Of course, he inherits the job at a tough time. Both the football and basketball programs are still tied up in the trudging NCAA investigation into the bizarre Nevin Shapiro scandal, and now the baseball team finds itself with a few too many ties to an alleged P.E.D. pusher.
So good luck Black, you'll need it.