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Friday, March 13, 2009

Did DW get a raw deal?

Boston Globe writer Mark Blauschun is a friend of Dennis Wolff's, so he's a pretty good guy to go to for quotes when nobody else can get in touch with him. Yesterday he reported that Wolff was "surprised but not stunned" by the firing. Today, he bothered Wolff at home long enough to get some more info, if you're interested in the former head coach's state of mind:
Meanwhile, Wolff was at home in Walpole, absorbing the firing and pondering his future.

"I was up all night thinking about it," said Wolff, who had four years remaining on a 10-year contract, which could cost BU as much as $1.2 million. "I enjoyed my time at BU and this was clearly not the way I would have liked to see my relationship end. But they think that someone else can do a better job. I hope for the kids' sake that everything works out."
I'm excited that BU is trying to move the basketball program and I think this will be a good thing on the whole, but a large part of me thinks DW got a raw deal. He did win games and titles, and even though this timing will make hiring a new coach easier, you'd think he could have had one more shot at a winner with his heralded junior class. The team was on an upswing with the best record in 4 years and 3rd place in the conference, and nobody had transferred in like 2 or 3 years!

However, Lynch made clear that 3rd place isn't going to cut it for BU in the America East, and in the end, that's a good thing. BU should be dominating. And it's not like Dennis won't have 1,200,000 ways to console himself.

I'm grateful Dennis Wolff ran a clean, honorable program without taking shortcuts. He recruited good students with good character. I would rather have that and 3rd place this year than what is going on over at Binghamton these days.

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3 Comments:

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Blauschun is a buddy of Dennis Wolff, so he not unbiased or impartial in any of this.
He also can't do math.
Wolff's base contract is for 200k per year, so if he has four years left that would be 800k, not 1.2m, and that would be if BU paid off the whole thing. Any other stuff is very unlikely to be guaranteed by the school.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

Creekmore transferred last year. He averaged almost 8 and 6 this year at Missouri St.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Brad said...

What's going on in Binghamton these days? *raises eyebrow*

Are you still dwelling on Alvin and his his box of condoms heist at Walmart before the season started (yes stupid, he was suspended into December, and charges did get dropped before he was allowed on the team), or are you talking about Rivera failing a class at his former College in Fall of '07, before he became eligible again and then was granted a waiver to get out of someplace he wasn't happy at and come to Binghamton; or are you talking about Binghamton University making Tiki Mayben go to Junior college all of last year to focus on his education and get his head and grades in order before being allowed to transfer in last fall.

The point is, the Bearcats have played through a media and blogging circus over the past 4 1/2 months... over basically trivial things... Firing a coach to me is bigger than that little stuff, thats the head of the program.

LET'S look at the facts... for those worried about Bing's academic reputation: all the players are academically eligible, and the team didn't have the lowest GPA in the conference! There is also NO ONE in trouble with the law, despite this thuggish blogging image being conjoured up!

Plus, from a department/team standpoint; Binghamton averaged almost 4,000 fans a game, just won the Regular Season and Conference Tournament Titles and are on to the big dance! Sounds like things aren't so bad right now up in Bing!

 

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