Things starting to accumulate. Oh, how I’ll wish for such a problem by mid-May.
Um, wow. Love to know the story behind this photo.
Let’s see, Savon Goodman still hasn’t made a decision but if you are a glass half-full person, you will like this from HoopScoop:
When I told our Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania/South Jersey Editor Allen Rubin that I was going to put a gun to his head and he had to be right, he finally put it on the line and predicted that 6’6 Savon Goodman from Philadelphia (Constitution) PA will pick the University of Pittsburgh over schools like Missouri, St. John’s, UCLA, Kentucky, Connecticut, Kansas, and Temple.
For what it is worth. Oh, and Savon Goodman was named to USA Basketball’s U17 team.
Things proceeding apace for Pitt and Cuse heading to the ACC in 2013. Everyone is attending meetings.
Pitt and Syracuse representatives won’t be at the Big East meetings, but they will be at the ACC meetings in May. The respective coaches will be at the ACC meetings, too.
When will the two schools join the ACC? “Hopefully, we’ll get everything worked out here soon,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “Their league is reconfigured and ready to move, and when you get to that point where everybody is on the next page, everybody should move on.”
Pederson wouldn’t commit to the fall of 2013, but that seems to be the goal. The ACC is ready to receive Pitt and Syracuse, and the Big East is ready to move on with its new members.
No sense at being at the Big East meetings. Pitt and Cuse don’t get votes on the league, and they would probably have to have left the room when it came to topics such as media rights and strategic plans. No votes in the ACC yet, but at least they will know what’s coming.
Not that Pitt fans aren’t already eager to get Steven Adams into the Blue and Gold, but SI.com named him the high school player of the week. Here’s the video.
Should be interesting.
Just a hell of a story about Billy Hahn. He used to the be LaSalle head coach until the rape scandal. Warning: Bob Huggins comes across as a decent human being.
Bobby Petrino, the wanderlust (now with so many other meanings) Arkansas head football coach, may be fired or may not be fired for his indiscretions with a 25-year old, ex-volleyball player, turned Arkansas athletic department employee, then recently hired by Petrino to work in the football portion.
To be clear, Petrino is most certainly not the only coach in America who has stepped out on his wife. The affair isn’t the reason Long placed Petrino on paid administrative leave Thursday night.
This is why. It appears the highest-paid state employee in Arkansas hired his mistress to a department job. Later, he lied to his boss, in turn allowing the department to release the lie and appear — at least for a moment — complicit in the cover-up. (Which it was not.)
Now, Long must review the situation and weigh that information against this information: Petrino is 21-5 over the past two seasons, and the 2012 team appears to be better than the 2010 or 2011 teams.
“I’m at the beginning of the review,” Long said. “I don’t know what I’m going to find.”
Even if that is all he finds, Long probably has enough to fire Petrino. Petrino’s contract is pretty clear on this, forbidding the coach from “engaging in conduct, as solely determined by the University, which is clearly contrary to the character and responsibilities of a person occupying the position of Head Football Coach or which negatively or adversely affects the reputation of the University or UAF’s athletics programs in any way.” In legal parlance, “review” could mean “meeting with the general counsel to make sure we’re allowed to can this guy without paying him.” After all, what manager can trust an employee who would lie to his face and put the entire organization at risk?
But there is that 21-5 record in two seasons.
Remember, this is Arkansas. A place where fans used FOIAs to get Houston Nutt’s cell phone records to try and prove he was having an affair with a local TV reporter (he wasn’t) in an effort to get him fired. The problem is, Petrino is winning big. So you now have those same fanatical Arkansas fans arguing that this is a private matter between Petrino, his wife and 4 children, and the woman (and her fiance).
In Alabama in 1998, Mike DuBose lied about his affair with his secretary. He kept his job, and Alabama fired the woman (and later had to cut her a six-figure check). Times have changed, so I’m not sure Arkansas can get away with that.
I’ll say it now: It has always been Todd Graham’s dream job to coach Arkansas in the SEC.
Duquesne still doesn’t have a replacement for Ron Everhart. Keith Dambrot at Akron wouldn’t touch it.
Sources with knowledge of the situation said that Dambrot was offered a “considerable financial package” to join the Atlantic 10 school, but the coach is unmoved.
“I’m a Zip,” he told the Beacon Journal Thursday morning. Beyond that he wouldn’t discuss the length of any contract offer or what it was worth.
A recent report out of Pittsburgh said that Duquesne offered a salary that at least doubled his salary. Dambrot makes more than $300,000 with incentives at UA.
Why would Dambrot turn down a salary of more than $600,000?
Because it is a coaching graveyard! Beware Orlando Antigua! BEWARE!
Unrelated. My wife came home from a board meeting at our son’s preschool in September and told me I was now the new Treasurer. This is what I’ve been dealing with since the start of 2012 when I finally got a hold of the books from the former president.