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AD CANDIDATE LIDE SPEAKS TO FORUM.

Byline: Chris Branam Daily News Staff Writer

He said the things he was supposed to say.

But William Lide, the first of five finalists to interview on-campus to be Cal State Northridge's next athletic director, was charming, concise and professional answering questions in a public forum Tuesday afternoon.

``This is an excellent position to be considered for and to consider,'' Lide said to a small group gathered in a conference room in the school's kinesiology building.

After the forum, which lasted a little over an hour, a few athletic department employees used the word ``impressive'' to describe Lide, the athletic director at North Carolina Central.

He brings to the table a considerable amount of educational and athletic experience. Lide earned three degrees between 1973 and 1980, including a Ph.D. in physical education/administration from Ohio State, and played football at Johnson C. Smith University and for three years for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.

Lide toured the campus earlier in the day and sounded in favor of a new, on-campus football stadium.

``In order to recruit student-athletes,'' he said, ``you're going to have to have a better facility.''

The Lindley West Coalition, a neighborhood group opposed to an on-campus stadium, was represented in the forum by Bob Buckles. Buckles said an on-campus stadium would be ``a hard sell'' for Lide if he were to become the new athletic director.

``There has to be significant dialogue,'' Lide said. ``There's one thing you have to have . . . support from your neighbors. There has to be, hopefully, some middle ground.''

In 13 years as an athletic director at small colleges - Salisbury State (Md.), West Chester University (Pa.) and Durham's North Carolina Central - Lide said he has had to cut one men's sport in response to Title IX regulations: wrestling at West Chester.

CSUN is trying to conform to Title IX standards.

``We should expand opportunities for women, period,'' Lide said. ``I don't think we should cut men's sports. You have to cut potential waste.''

Myles Corrigan, the assistant athletic director at Washington, is the next finalist to interview on campus. Corrigan comes in Thursday.

The remaining three finalists - Brian Quinn, Robert Arias and Richard Dull - have interviews scheduled for next week.

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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 28, 1999
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