Ask Jim: Q&A with Titans' Athletic Director Jim Donovan

Ask Jim: Q&A with Titans' Athletic Director Jim Donovan

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  • Had a little glitch where the full article was not posted. Should be fixed now. You may need to refresh your browser's cache if you don't see the changes.

    This post was edited by TitanCentral 2 years ago

  • My thanks to all of you for your GREAT questions, and to AD Jim Donovan for answering every single one of them!

  • If I read this right we are full speed ahead ready to bring back Titan Football. We need only a monetary war chest of $120,000,000. I will commit right now the $5 I was holding for my afternoon Slurpee and Slim Jim. Now just another $119,999,995. WHO'S NEXT?
    We believe.

  • Yup this is nothing a winning power ball ticket won't fix. Gotta start thinking of a potential head coach!

  • Very good interview and some good answers also.

  • I know Jim Donovan is looking to upgrade and remodel Goodwin Field and Anderson Field in the near future to keep up with everyone else in D1 Baseball programs.

    Here’s a glimpse of Florida Gators Baseball Stadium

    https://articles-al-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/articles.al.com/business/index.ssf/2018/05/brasfield_gorrie_to_begin_work.amp

  • Dear Jim,

    Thank you for the good job.

    One burning question, are you offended or proud when people say you look a lot like Jackie Gleason? Yes, you are slimmer.

  • The Florida project looks awfully ambitious for $50 million. My guess is that it will go up 20% or more, or they'll have to cut back on some things.

  • SEC only goes big. I hope our improvements happen prior to me beginning to earn my social security check.

  • LTF, have you ever posted a serious comment?

    Where do you perform? I mean, where do you do your comedy routine?

  • RFDTITAN said... (original post)

    LTF, have you ever posted a serious comment?

    Where do you perform? I mean, where do you do your comedy routine?

    He's opening for DXDA at the North Tustin Laff Stop

  • We're going to do another "Ask Jim" around the time of the new school year. Start thinking of your questions now!

  • Bring back our 10th man
    "SuperFan"!!!!

  • I prefer to call him Crazy Keith, and I do enjoy the color he brings to the stands. His perch in Section A is perfect for him, often seen in the background when the camera is zoomed in on the pitcher.

    Ira was and is the one and only one worthy of the monocle "Super Fan" for Titan Baseball IMO. Really miss that dude.

    This post was edited by dahozzman 1 year ago

  • dahozzman said... (original post)

    I prefer to call him Crazy Keith, and I do enjoy the color he brings to the stands. His perch in Section A is perfect for him, often seen in the background when the camera is zoomed in on the pitcher.

    Ira was and is the one and only one worthy of the monocle "Super Fan" for Titan Baseball IMO. Really miss that dude.

    Ira also called Keith "Super Fan." I don't think he knew Keith well, but he definitely had high esteem for him and didn't begrudge him the moniker. Ira was perfectly happy being called Ira, I, or Big I. Now he's the I in the Sky.

    Keith is far from Crazy. He's an inspired, passionate dude who's seen the darkness and is now basking in the light with a wonderful, childlike exuberance.

  • "Childlike exuberance?" Maybe he was still in the darkness a little when he first showed up in Section K and wouldn't quit blocking people's view. The kind of language he was using to everybody in the area (including kids) would make his buddies in the Big House cringe. Only thing childlike was how he was escorted out and sneaked back in to challenge the older guys that spoke to him to "meet him in the parking lot after the game (instead of by the flag pole like sixth graders.)

    Sounds like a guy that lacks filters and is one insult from a really unfortunate incident.

  • Coeus said... (original post)

    Ira also called Keith "Super Fan." I don't think he knew Keith well, but he definitely had high esteem for him and didn't begrudge him the moniker. Ira was perfectly happy being called Ira, I, or Big I. Now he's the I in the Sky.

    Keith is far from Crazy. He's an inspired, passionate dude who's seen the darkness and is now basking in the light with a wonderful, childlike exuberance.

    I sat next to Ira often and I never once heard him even acknowledge Keith albeit I'm sure he appreciated anyone extolling the joys of Titan Baseball.

    This post was edited by dahozzman 1 year ago

  • Keith didn't fit in sec. K. He's fine out where he is now. Nobody has to sit with him but he sure has a lot of people that do. The players like him and most people I talk to also like his enthusiasm. I wish his detractors would leave him alone.

  • Coeus said... (original post)

    Ira also called Keith "Super Fan." I don't think he knew Keith well, but he definitely had high esteem for him and didn't begrudge him the moniker. Ira was perfectly happy being called Ira, I, or Big I. Now he's the I in the Sky.

    Keith is far from Crazy. He's an inspired, passionate dude who's seen the darkness and is now basking in the light with a wonderful, childlike exuberance.

    When I first became aware of this message board (thanks, Gary Hall!) and I was a relative newcomer to the Titans baseball program, I made a few posts with game recaps and opinions. An obviously much longer-tenured fan criticized what I said and suggested I keep my remarks to myself. I’ll always be grateful to the person (still a regular poster and now a good friend) that responded with words to the effect, “We’re all here because we love the same team, no matter how long you’ve been a Titans fan, or how you express that love for our team. It’s not a contest to see which of us has the largest foam finger!”

    Keith and Ira were kindred spirits in wanting their team to have audible support, with their loud clapping and cheering. In recent years, Ira sometimes needed a ride to local away games; on numerous occasions, Keith went to Ira’s house to give him a ride to and fro the game. When we learned of Ira’s passing the day after winning the Super Regionals at Long Beach State, Keith made special clothing to wear to Omaha to express his admiration for Ira. (Click on photo below to see more than thumbnail of Ira.) If you were at the tailgate party in Omaha, you saw Keith wearing his tribute to Ira. When we played a scrimmage last fall against UNLV, Keith got a wreath and made a tribute display in Ira’s seat in the top row of Section K.

    Please don’t get hung up on a word like “Superfan” – the Titans are blessed that there are a whole bunch of fans worthy of that moniker.

    This post was edited by DonSectionA 1 year ago

  • Don: Wonderful post. Titan Nation isn't that big. There is room for us all. We should all strive to treat each other with respect. I admit that I have not always been an angel.

  • Thanks for the great posts here about Keith. I know Keith a bit, enough to appreciate that he is a genuine, considerate, passionate and compassionate person. I've personally never heard him say a bad word or display anything but a positive, enthusiastic attitude. Giving Ira rides to games sounds exactly like the Keith I know.

    Along with most of my Titans friends, I was so glad to see Keith back in Anarchy for the Supers. Goodwin was not the same without him. He's good for the soul of the program we care about so much. And just as much, I think the program is good for Keith.

    And don't overlook what a great example and inspiration he is for the kids who flock to Section A. Keith shows them that you can't judge a book by its cover, that passion and enthusiasm are cooler than sarcasm and cynicism, and that you can still embrace life like a kid even when you're a grown-up. Great lessons.

    As some of you noted, we're just a small community of people who love this team and what it stands for. In my opinion, we should be very happy that Keith is one of us!

  • I love this post, but your avatar haunts me. Think of the children.

  • DXDAStar Board said... (original post)

    I love this post, but your avatar haunts me. Think of the children.

    I've been called 'butthead' so often that it seemed like the perfect avatar for me! thumbsup

    This post was edited by HereWeGoTitans 1 year ago