|Flashes from Gordon: Graffin still getting his 'basketball fix' (09-18-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:38|
Random thoughts while hoping Michael Waltrip Racing’s sponsors withdraw all of their financial support after MWR’s attempt at trying to fix the outcome of the NASCAR Chase qualifiers:
HOOPS FIX: Von Graffin won't be coaching full-time this season.
The former boys head basketball coach at Bowling Green High School has decided not to coach this season, although he is helping the boys and girls programs at Toledo Rogers on a limited basis.
Graffin said he had offers to serve as an assistant coach from a number of schools in the greater Toledo area. The 52-year-old is an in-school suspension supervisor at Rogers.
"I miss coaching because it's been part of my life for 29 years, but I didn't realize all of the things I was missing out on because I was coaching," said Graffin, who wasn't offered a contract by BG for this season.
The Bobcats were 148-94 during Graffin's 11 seasons, including a 111-43 record in the Northern Lakes League where his teams finished first or second seven times.
"I've become a son again to my parents, a husband to my wife and a father to my kids," Graffin said. "I'm going to do a lot of family things and spend time with them."
In addition to helping at Rogers, Graffin is giving individual lessons to players in the gym at his home in rural BG.
"I'm getting my basketball fix that way, and I don't have to worry about winning games, and satisfying all of the mommies and daddies," Graffin said. "I'll miss the kids and the games, but I'm not missing the conditioning, the weight lifting sessions, all of the extra things you have to do."
Graffin might become involved in AAU basketball as a coach or an administrator, and would consider working as an analyst for high school games televised by the Buckeye Cable Sports Network if he is asked.
He's been an analyst on radio in the past.
"I might do that (AAU)," Graffin said. "It's a spring and summer commitment and I enjoy seeing the kids improve and I can stay involved in the game."
Graffin didn't rule out coaching again during the 2014-15 season, either as a head coach or an assistant coach.
NEW JOB: Mike Vannett, who retired as the athletics director at BGHS at the end of the 2012-13 school year, has been hired as the AD at Napoleon High School.
HOT SEAT: Aside from the actual games, one of the best parts of college football is the rumor milling about which coaches will be fired and who the candidates are to replace those fired coaches.
Just two weeks into the season, Grambling State fired head coach Doug Williams and Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
With that in mind, one of the best websites to see which coaches might be fired is www.coacheshotseat.com.
Among the features of the site is a ranking of all NCAA Division I-A head coaches from 1-125 in order of job security. The list is updated weekly.
EXPLOITATION: Congratulations to ESPN for its continued exploitation of 11-and-12-year olds by televising the Little League World Series.
According to Sports Business Journal, ESPN is paying approximately $7.5 million a year for a contract that will lasts through 2022. The previous contract was worth to $30.5 to Little League Baseball coffers.
Instead of all the money going to LLB, the organization should use the money to fund college scholarships for the players on the competing teams or to improve the facilities of those teams.
It also might consider donating some of the money to all Little League programs in the U.S.
The LLWS provides ESPN with programming during a dead period before the start of football.
Some of the LLWS games draw better ratings than some Major League Baseball games.
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