Boom goes the dynamite. Chris Kingston is leaving BGSU. You know this kind of thing is eventually going to happen, you just never know when. The report in the Sentinel says that he is going to work at Learfield Sports, which is a little bit of a surprise. Learfield is the entity that handles the marketing of Falcon Sports Properties--basically the corporate partnership and marketing relationships, including the radio broadcasts.
Chris Kingston brought a lot of qualities to BGSU. I believe he raised the competitive level of our teams and built on the facility work done by his predecessor. He hired Dino Babers, handled the Jans thing correctly, and made what I believe was a good hire in Michael Huger. I've written plenty about Jinks, and if that works out he gets credit for that, too...and for more than one reason.
He was known (from the people I talked to) for a legendary work ethic and an incredibly thorough approach to tackling the challenges in front of him. Just for an example, he spent Sundays getting a list of future coaches identified for the football program, which led him to Jinks and I assume Babers.
He also was a great booster. I saw his pre-game speech to alumni at the Purdue game, and he was just great.
So, he will be missed here at BG. This is the world we live in. People come to our school and they want to make their name. When they do, they leave. Or, when they don't, they leave. The biggest challenge at our level is to win the Russian Roulette game of replacing coaches and administrators.
That game now rests in Dr. Mazey's office.
Best wishes to Kingston. Good luck in all your future endeavors.