|Flashes from Gordon: Falcon coach Durkin should be fired (09-04-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:57|
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DECISION: Chris Kingston is facing his first major decision as Bowling Green's athletics director.
The decision is a no-brainer.
Kingston, in his second month at BG, must fire assistant football coach Bill Durkin.
The coach of the offensive line was placed on leave last week after two recent incidents. The university is investigating the incidents and a decision on Durkin's status has not been made.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Durkin was arrested Aug. 24 at 2:54 a.m. for operating a vehicle under the influence and a marked lanes violation.
Less than nine hours later, Durkin was involved in an injury accident in which he was cited for driving under suspension as a result of the OVI earlier in the day.
Even if Durkin pleads to lesser charges or the charges are thrown out on a technicality, Durkin shouldn't be allowed to remain on staff.
The athletics department and the university can't tolerate behavior and decision-making like Durkin's.
University and Durkin apologists might argue the second incident shouldn't be used against the coach since the other driver was cited for failure to yield. But that argument is wrong. Under no circumstance should Durkin have been driving at the time of the accident.
Allowing him to retain his job would send a message to all BG coaches, athletes and staff members that how they conduct themselves doesn't matter.
Keeping Durkin also would undercut the ability of all Falcon coaches to discipline their athletes. If the athletics department won't properly punish Durkin for his inappropriate 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.
And why was Durkin out so late? Again, that sends another poor message to the players on the football team - that it's OK to be out half the night.
Had the second incident not occurred, suspending Durkin for the season and having him go through alcohol counseling might have been appropriate. But two related offenses in less than nine hours should cost him his job.
For that matter, if Kingston won't fire Durkin, school president Mary Ellen Mazey should step in and terminate Durkin.
The reputation of the university and athletics department demand it.
NO GO: BG and the other schools in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association are putting together their own streaming packages for this season.
The schools are on their own because it appears Fox Sports Go won't be ready for this season, The Mining Journal in Marquette, Mich., and The Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer reported.
Fox Sports was expected to launch its own streaming service, Fox Sports Go, as part of the start of Fox Sports 1 last month.
Fox Sports Go will be similar to ESPN3.
Each WCHA school was going to be responsible for producing its own broadcasts and the schools would pay the production. The broadcasts then should be packaged together for streaming outside the school's home area.
BG will continue to stream its games on America One this season.
The streaming is important for the exposure of the WCHA because the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will have their games on national television.
The Big Ten has its own TV network, while the NCHC's games will be shown by CBS Sports Network.
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