|Flashes from Gordon: Gardner deserves community support (07-23-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:10|
Random thoughts while congratulating the Perrysburg Athletic Boosters on making their all-star high school football game a first-class event every year:
FAIRNESS: Gary Gardner has been Bowling Green's boys high school basketball coach for only a week.
One can only wonder how he is ever going to succeed.
The merits of his hiring are being debated by an already-divided school district.
Regardless of your feelings for Gardner, former coach Von Graffin or administrators in the district, Gardner deserves the full support of the community. Further public criticisms aren't going to help Gardner, the program or the players.
Forget the circumstances of Graffin's dismissal.
Forget Gardner's hiring may have been a done deal (or at least discussed) before Graffin was non-renewed.
Forget Gardner may have been promised an administrator's position in the district at some point.
Forget more qualified candidates may have been interested in the job.
Forget Gardner was once an assistant under Graffin.
And forget Gardner has a son on the team.
Gardner deserves a fair chance to succeed. The team's results on the court will show if he deserves to remain in the position long-term.
STAYING? Gardner's hiring is expected to keep standout junior LaMonta Stone at BGHS for at least one more season.
Stone has been rumored to be leaving the district, but Gardner and Stone's dad, LaMonta, have a friendship that extends back to AAU basketball.
The younger Stone is one of the top point guards in the country in the class of 2015.
In reality, the Stone family may only be in BG for one more year. The elder Stone is an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at the university.
Barring a surprise, that coaching staff is widely expected to be fired after next season.
WHY: A handful of readers asked me why last week's column on the process of hiring coaches at BGHS wasn't published on the opinion page.
Opinion pieces routinely are published on the sports pages in newspapers across the country and the Sentinel-Tribune is no exception. Those pieces - like mine last week - are always labeled as opinion.
Column writing is something I've unfortunately neglected over the last 20 years.
But at the urging of my parents, Jim and Joan Gordon, and long-time friends Steve Fuller and Jim Treeger, I've decided to make column writing a priority. My plan is to write a weekly or every other week column.
Sports columns usually rank among the most-read items in a newspaper. You're going to agree with me some weeks and disagree with me others. And that's fine.
WHY II: A handful of readers also asked me how I could write a column on Graffin's dismissal since I've only covered a handful of BG's games during his tenure.
Last week's column was not about the merits of Graffin's firing. It was about the process of hiring coaches at BGHS.
$$$$$: BG school board Eric Myers said last week one reason Scott Seeliger was hired as the high school athletics director was due to his background as a fundraiser for the BGSU athletics department.
With the district facing budget issues and adopting pay-to-pay for the upcoming school year, Seeliger needs to make fundraising one of his top priorities. He also is the head football coach for the Bobcats.
Seeliger's contacts in and out of the community from his days at BGSU hopefully will generate significant income for the district's athletics department.
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