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New pool in Wyoming vote had concerns of the percentage of out-of-state athletes on the swim teams

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News from Casper, Wyoming

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Is this a wake up call of sorts?

To begin, everyone needs to build better local relationships. EVERYONE. Be generous. Go out of your way. Make networks more vibrant. Communicate.


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives discussed Senate File 119, a bill which appropriates funding for state funded capital construction projects, during their Tuesday, March 3 floor session.

Among the over $160 million in appropriations proposed under the bill are $25 million intended for several University of Wyoming projects.

Under the proposed bill, that funding would be available to fund one or more the following projects:

  • Construction of the Corbett natatorium (UW swimming pool)
  • Renovation of War Memorial Stadium
  • Renovation and expansion of the University of Wyoming College of Law

House District 35 Representative Joe MacGuire proposed an amendment to this section of the capital construction bill. That amendment would have required that the funding for the swimming pool “only be expended upon the men’s swimming and diving team roster and the women’s swimming and diving team roster attaining a student athlete enrollment ratio of not less than fifty-one percent (51%) of enrolled student athletes who are Wyoming residents and graduates of a Wyoming high school.”

“If we in these challenging times are going to spend a massive amount of money to build a new pool then it seems like at least half of the students who participate in the athletic programs involved with that pool should be from the state of Wyoming,” MacGuire said.

MacGuire provided a handout to his follow representatives showing the percentage of students from Wyoming on UW’s athletic teams:

MacGuire said that he spoke with a high school swimming coach in Casper who told him the university doesn’t tend to recruit from their team.

“I went to the coach at my local high school,” said MacGuire. “He said, ‘We can’t even get a look from the university.'”

House District 36 Representative Art Washut agreed with MacGuire’s proposal saying that it would “give our Wyoming swimmers a decent chance to have the opportunity to swim at the University of Wyoming.”

He said that unlike the football team, people don’t tend to follow UW’s swimming teams closely. Speaking against arguments that requiring 50% of the swimmers to come from Wyoming would make the team less competitive, Washut said he thought it was more important to give Wyoming students an opportunity than to worry about which division the university competes at.

House District 20 Representative Albert Sommers spoke agains the amendment.

“I can’t imagine any other state would contemplate a condition like this,” he said. “I just think this is the wrong way to go. I think it is poor policy.”

House District 38 Representative Tom Walters also spoke against the amendment.

“I just don’t think it is the legislative body’s position to be deciding what a recruiting class should look like for an athletic team,” he said.

House District 08 Representative Bob Nicholas said that the Corbett pool is too small to meet the needs of the swim teams.

“What is amazing about our UW swim team is how many hours these guys put in,” Nicholas said. “Because the pool is so small, they have to rotate through the day just in order to get their practices in.”

“Let’s fix the problem first. We need a new pool.”

House District 11 Representative Jared Olsen said he had concerns that the proposal could be challenged along Title IX rules since it could be seen as discriminating against people based on their place of residency.

“It just raises my lawyer flag,” he said.

House District 09 Representative Landon Brown said that recruiting students from out of state could be a good thing for Wyoming.

“We have an aging population that is growing considerably,” he said.

Welcoming student athletes from out of state might convince them to stay in Wyoming after they graduate, Brown argued.

House District 55 Representative David Miller said he was against the amendment.

“My daughter in law was on the swim team when she was at UW and she has complained about that pool ever since,” he said.

House District 44 Representative Sara Burlingame said she asked elementary students who were in the gallery watching the session on Tuesday what they thought.

She said that she asked the students whether they would want to encourage out of state people to join the team if it meant Wyoming students wouldn’t have as many spaces available on the team. Burlingame said the students still supported keeping the opportunities open to people from out of state.

“From the mouth of babes, I’m against [the amendment],” she said.

MacGuire said that the budget for UW Athletics is about $40 million. He said that works out to about $100,000 per student-athlete.

“That’s money that we are not spending on our own kids on the chance that maybe [out of state recruits will] stay?” he said. “I’m not trying to take money away from the pool. The question is who is going to participate in that.”

The House killed MacGuire’s proposal. They passed the overall capital construction bill on a third reading vote of 43-17:


Wyoming Legislative Service Office

That House amended the bill in a way different from the version they received from the Senate. The bill then moved back to the Senate for a concurrence vote, but that vote failed 1-28:


Wyoming Legislative Service Office

The bill will then be assigned to a Joint House and Senate Concurrence Committee to attempt to iron out differences between the two versions.

F* Yeah! Now Fired. Florida folly.

The Seminole High baseball community in Sanford has been ripped apart because Brown was relieved from his position since a celebratory video recently surfaced several days ago. The video, taken on the team bus right after the state championship game in June, shows Brown holding up the Class 9A state championship trophy and giving a profanity-laced speech to his cheering team.

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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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!”

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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.

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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."

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