NOT SO FINE
Another coach accused of sexual assault against a minor?
The latest out of Syracuse, New York has a man, who as a child says he was sexually molested many times by Orange assistant Bernie Fine.
Fine, who has been Jim Boeheim’s right hand man for many years was also in charge of the boys basketball camp at Syracuse.
ESPN Outside the Lines broke this story yesterday. The Orange have put Fine on administrative leave during the investigation.
Two former Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested by associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, starting in the late 1970s and continuing into the 1990s.
Police in Syracuse said they have opened an investigation into the allegations. And in a statement Thursday night, Syracuse said it has placed Fine on administrative leave.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports on the ‘coach’. He thinks it time to stop deifying them.
“Stop Godding up the players,” Stanley Woodward, the sports editor at the old New York Herald Tribune once told his then columnist, Red Smith.
In college sports, it’s not the players who get God’d up. It’s the coach. It’s the “program.” It’s the “culture.” It’s the “values” and “life skills” and who knows what else.
It is, well, mostly nonsense and it’s at least one of the reasons I believe college athletics have gotten to this spot, besieged by scandal, rocked by rule breaking and seemingly under assault on a daily basis.
Somewhere along the way just being a coach that was capable of drawing up plays and figuring out opponent’s weakness wasn’t enough.
Now they’re held up as infallible. In fact, they aren’t even coaches, they’re “teachers.”
Lohud.com on Jim Calhoun, head coach at UConn wants to see more passion from his Huskies.
“I just haven’t seen the enthusiasm with this particular group, particularly when there’s eight kids back from a team that had the ultimate experience last year of success,” a disappointed Calhoun said after the Huskies routed Maine 80-60 on Thursday night in Hartford, Conn.
Nola.com with the game story on Northwestern beating LSU yesterday. Some basketball people think the Wildcats may make the NCAA tournament for the first time.
John Shurna wasn’t looking to break personal records, just help Northwestern stay undefeated. Shurna did both in the Wildcats’ first game at the Charleston Classic. The 6-foot-8 senior scored a career-high 37 points as Northwestern (2-0) won 88-82 over LSU on Thursday. The victory puts the Wildcats into a winner’s bracket matchup with Tulsa, a 65-49 winner over Western Kentucky.
Ann Arbor.com on Michigan’s shooting problems; but the Wolverines were able to beat Western Illinois last night.
“Our four outside shooters went 3-for-15, that’s a thing we’ve got to get better at and fight through,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Maybe we need to get outside of Crisler for a couple games, make some shots and come back hot as can be.”
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