I'm sure I'm not revealing too much about myself when I say I applied for that job. I thought Marinoff ran one of the best search committees to have ever ignored me (and they have almost all ignored me). He sent out several email status updates--I always knew where I stood (on the outside looking in), and I was grateful.
One thing that stood out was Marinoff's attitude about the whole thing. He clearly saw chairing the committee as an opportunity to give back to help his department. I like this attitude. I think it's worth having.
A couple of issues came up in the comments at IHE: Marinoff used "pedigree" as a weed-out criterion, which some people took issue with. I take issue with it. But I'm inclined to be forgiving when I read that they had over 600 applications. At a certain point, you just don't have time to find that lovable mutt. Beware of hip dysplasia, though.
Several people complain that Marinoff doesn't seem to have employed diversity as a criterion--it is suggested but not entailed by Marinoff's account that no attempt was been made to diversify the faculty. This strikes me as a legitimate concern, though It's hard to know how diverse the pool was at each stage of the process. Maybe their attempt to diversify just didn't work out. Maybe they really didn't try. Seems like these possibilities warrant different attitudes.
H/T anon 1:48.