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Coach resigns in TEXAS due to parental politics

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In her statement, Clements explains, “I cannot and will not compromise the integrity of my decisions based on a parent’s political pressure or position. I believe strongly in the value of athletics, that being a part of a team is a privilege, and playing time is earned.”

Coach gets jumped by own players

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basketball player on building

TMZ has the video.​

In other news, a coach does the fighting.

Animosity between a taunting fan and a high school basketball coach spilled over into the stands following a game in North Carolina this week.

West Lincoln High School head coach Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female, simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct, after assaulting fans after a game. 

Wright is also a P.E. teacher at West Lincoln, and the fans he allegedly assaulted were family members of one of his players.

Police said the assault happened after a game between West Lincoln and Newton-Conover. 

A deputy working security at the game heard a fan yelling at Wright as he left the floor following the game. Wright apparently ran into the stands and struck the man in the head and the two “began wrestling around in the stands,” according to a police report obtained by the local CBS affiliate. A female then began taunting Wright and was eventually pulled into the fray. 

Wright was eventually taken into custody, where he was charged and released on a $1,500 bond.

“Coach Wright’s a really laid-back coach and [I] definitely did not expect anything like that from him,” student Haven Smith says. “Coach Wright flung off his jacket and went at the man that was taunting him throughout the whole fourth quarter." 

“A bad choice was made. It’s regretted, can’t go back and change it," said West Lincoln High School athletic director David Avery. "I think at the end of the day [the students] feel like they know that our coaches care about kids. We’re in it for them.”

Source: Andy Berg is Executive Editor of Athletic Business.

It is very bad when the faculty raises a vote and elects a no-confidence message saying, “Fire the Athletic Director!”

Published a couple of months ago in Elsewhere - 0 Comments
Fire the AD at Rutgers

Faculty Council Advises Rutgers to Fire AD Hobbs

by Paul Steinbach, Senior Editor of Athletic Business, December 2019

Mere hours after Rutgers University athletic director Pat Hobbs was celebrating the rehire of former football coach Greg Schiano, an influential faculty council called on Rutgers president Robert Barchi to fire Hobbs.

The resolution passed this week by the New Brunswick Faculty Council, a group that advises New Brunswick chancellor Christopher Molloy, requests Hobbs' dismissal and other significant changes in the athletic department in response to what it called a series of “missteps, blunders, and errors in judgment.”  NJ Advance Media obtained the resolution, which blasted Hobbs and the athletics department for the football program’s prolonged lack of competitiveness, a multimillion-dollar payout due recently fired football coach Chris Ash and the school’s alleged weak response to accusations this fall of widespread emotional and physical abuse within the university's softball program.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, the Rutgers athletics program has done little to enhance the image of Rutgers, but a great deal to sully it,” according to the resolution, in which 58 percent of faculty members voted to have Barchi fire Hobbs and appoint an interim athletics director, and 34 percent voted for the university’s Board of Governors, Barchi and Molloy to “make whatever changes are necessary in the administration of the athletics program, starting at the top, to ensure that the quality of our athletics program is consistent with the quality of the university.” Only 7 percent of voting members favored taking no action.

The faculty group also called on Rutgers to tap outside consultants to “conduct a complete review of the program's past failures and formulate a detailed action plan to reform its management and finances.”

The university responded with a vote of confidence in Hobbs. “Pat Hobbs has the full support of the President and the Board of Governors,” said senior director of news and media relations Dory Devlin in a statement. “He has brought about important and meaningful improvements to Athletics and we fully believe that he will continue to do so.”

In 11 previous seasons at Rutgers, Schiano amassed a 68-67 overall record, including six bowl appearances and five bowl victories. He left Rutgers in 2012 to become head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who fired Schiano after two seasons.

Schools where kids belong. Sounds like we need more sports.

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The corrosive effects of students being “othered

Lack of belonging is conveyed through low expectations, punitive discipline and neglect as well as physical separation such as an assignment to different building.  — sowing the seeds of schools’ contributions to gaps that pervasively plague public education.

That is what the swimmers at PPS Sci-Tech face when the swim team is part of a co-op with Obama. Push the swimmers out the door and to some other place. 

Let's take care of our own athletes with training spaces that are not neglected.

Use our schools. The Brits are kicking our tails.

Published a couple of months ago in Elsewhere , Pittsburgh , Schools , Support - 0 Comments

Macro and Micro views from around the globe

The sporting landscape in Pittsburgh, as well as the USA, is frail and full of missed opportunities. Communities often fumble on their offerings. A holistic design is seldom part of the mix. The problems with the media, with political leadership and self-interest, especially in the school administration sectors, are ripe.

Those in the UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere, seem to get it while those in the United States fumble the vision of what sports can and should do for more people -- from participants, coaches, boosters, classroom-educators, fans, reporters, sponsors and politicians. 

The United Way of Western Pennsylvania is, as of the fall of 2019, making some efforts to consider sports as part of its day-to-day mission. Hooray! 

The strengths-based model has been adopted by Sport England's “use our school” initiative. It is “committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life” within the facilities in schools. The UK schools have, by and large, only a fraction of the sporting facilities that are present in the typical schools in the United States. Meanwhile, the greater majority of schools in the UK do already use the school sports facilities for community sports. 

In Pittsburgh, the facilities are generally present, but modest in terms of being modern and functional. Few, if any, are inspirational. All of the facilities could use some upgrades of some types, especially in terms of being accessible from the sidewalks without needing to transverse throughout a maze of hallways to reach the sports venues. But the important message concerning the Pittsburgh Public Schools facilities is their closed status. The facilities are generally used for physical education classes in the school day and with school teams. However, for most afternoons, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and summer-time hours -- these facilities are closed and locked to community programs. 

A use our schools initiative for Pittsburgh Public Schools sporting facilities would be a fantastic start for the United Way's efforts.

Pittsburgh's inventory of strengths and a strength-based model is also a welcomed as an early planning step.

The UN desires implementation partnerships for programs that lead to lifelong health and wellness, yet the UN's vice-president for Global Advocacy — World Vision, Mr. Charles Badenoch, stated, Unfortunately today there is a dearth of data on the effectiveness of partnerships. We need to learn from what works and what doesn’t work across all sector partnerships at all levels.

The Talent Plan in GBR sports

Drilling down on the personalities of the youth

This video talks about the different motivations and viewpoints from different kids. Frankly, the slogan that fits often is "Different strokes for different folks."

Property destruction isn’t okay

Published a few months ago in Elsewhere , Football - 0 Comments
Numerous Gamecock players did some “property destruction” in the aftermath of the unranked team’s stunning 20-17 decision against the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs:
They grabbed parts of UGA’s sacred hedges, and paraded with the souvenirs to the locker room.
Obviously, that’s not going to go over well with UGA fans and the school’s football team.
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