|Flashes from Gordon: Durkin's reinstatement is disappointing (09-11-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:21|
Random thoughts as only in North Baltimore could a woman be made into a heroine for leaving her 2-year-old son unattended in her car while she went into the grocery store to buy a can of beef:
BALL DROP: Bowling Green State University's decision to reinstate assistant football coach Bill Durkin after a seven-day administrative leave is disappointing.
The offensive line coach was disciplined following charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and a marked lanes violation, and a subsequent citation in an unrelated incident for driving with a suspended license less than nine hours later.
Durkin's actions demanded a far more severe penalty, instead of a slap on the wrist.
At a minimum, he should have been suspended for the rest of the season and required to undergo alcohol counseling.
The seven-day leave amounted to a two-game suspension, and some good behavior clauses and a salary freeze to his reinstatement were tacked on to the reinstatement.
Durkin's penalty sends a message the athletics department and the university don't take the behavior of their coaches and athletes in the community seriously.
Not only was Durkin charged with drunk driving, but then he went out shortly after that citation and drove again.
The second incident resulted in an accident, although the other driver was cited for failure to yield.
But under no circumstance should Durkin been driving at the time of the accident.
Those are two conscious decisions and Durkin is lucky he didn't kill anyone.
It makes you wonder if the decision to reinstate Durkin was based on there being no serious injuries or deaths, or the athletics department and the university being more interested in winning than doing the right thing.
Durkin's penalty undercuts the ability of all Falcon coaches to discipline their athletes. If the department won't properly punish Durkin for his actions, why should athletes be expected to follow the law and abide by team rules?
Why should the athletes expect to be punished, especially for far lesser offenses.
Chances are the athletes would face far harsher penalties for drunk driving than Durkin received.
Why was Durkin out until almost 3 a.m. five days before a game? Again, that sends another poor message to the players on the football team.
For that matter, one has to wonder if this was the first time Durkin was operating a vehicle under the influence or if it was just the first time he got caught.
It's also interesting Durkin hasn't issued any statement apologizing for and expressing remorse over the incident, and for the embarrassment he's brought to the Falcon football program, the athletics department and the university.
And it's disappointing BG athletics director Chris Kingston and head coach Dave Clawson aren't commenting further or taking questions about their decision to reinstate Durkin. Instead, the two have decided to hide behind their statement announcing the reinstatement.
AGREED: Former Falcon baseball coach Ed Platzer recently wrote a letter to the editor encouraging the university to restore the three scholarships that were cut from the program in the fall of 2009.
Yours truly strongly agrees with Platzer.
The Falcons had one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference until the scholarship cuts.
But head coach Danny Schmitz and his staff have kept the program going with hard work, and smoke and mirrors. BG even won the MAC tournament last spring.
In addition to doing well on the field, the team has done well in the classroom, generally stayed out of the police blotter, and Schmitz, and long-time assistant coaches Rick Blanc and Spencer Schmitz have been good ambassadors for the university.
Baseball clearly is BG's best men's sport and deserves to be treated as such.
EXCITEMENT: All Grand Slam tennis tournaments should join the U.S. Open in using the fifth-set tiebreak.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:37|
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