You made a compelling argument that Minnesota should be ranked higher academically, but not athletically. There are also a lot of people that do not like their cold weather. I know someone who moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota and could not believe how much colder it is than Wisconsin. He also put WVU and UVa above VT athletically when football rules the day and that just doesn't make sense to me. You can buy that, but not me. Those are all reasons that someone might move from Minnesota to be the AD at VT. I am not saying it will happen, but his ranking Tech below all of those schools athletically missed the mark in a big way for me and I am quite sure for other AD candidates too.
PS I know that UVa has Tech beat in non-revenue championships, but Tech has closed that gap quite dramatically since joining the ACC and I suspect with our football success (the biggest revenue producer) that will continue to close. Many not all would rather have the Tech AD job.