Flashes from Gordon: Some thoughts on the Graffin situation at BGHS (07-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON, Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:26
Thoughts on Bowling Green High School boys basketball coach Von Graffin, who isn't returning next season, even though he wasn't fired or non-renewed, and didn't resign:

SAY WHAT?: Whether you like or dislike Graffin, the game of semantics played by BG superintendent Dr. Ann McVey to describe the coaching change is an insult to every district voter whose support she'll need to pass a levy.
McVey is correct in saying Graffin wasn't fired or non-renewed because supplemental contracts are for one year.
But let's be honest, the public perception is Graffin was fired/non-renewed.
If McVey and other district leaders want to change coaches, that's their choice.
But it's not worth it politically for McVey to play a petty word game when the district already is having serious financial issues, facing pay-to-play, and is severely divided because of a failed levy in May.

HMMMM: The timing of Graffin's dismissal is curious.
Unless McVey has legal dirt on Graffin that hasn't been made public and there's no indication that's the case, the decision should have been made at the end of the season when most coaching changes are made.
Instead, McVey waited until July, leaving BG with less than two months before school starts to find a replacement.
The late change makes you wonder about the quality of replacement BG will find or if it'll have to go with an interim coach, just as it did last spring with its head baseball coaching position.
Maybe BG will fall out of a tree and land on its feet with its new coach. You also have to wonder how the decision is impacting BG's summer workouts.
Just as big for BG is the future of LaMonta Stone, who is rumored to be considering leaving the school district.
Stone is one of the top point guards in the country in the class of 2015. He's ranked No. 28 among point guards by ESPN and 89th by Hoop Scoop in its list of the top 100 players.
With the Bobcats facing a rebuilding season, one couldn't blame Stone for leaving.
His dad, LaMonta, is an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at BGSU.

HOT SEAT: Graffin's dismissal should have at least four other BGHS coaches feeling uneasy about their futures.
The programs of girls basketball coach Jeff Nichols, softball coach Jim Cress, boys soccer coach Tim Memmer and girls soccer coach Erin Webb have all underperformed.
Some of them have had far less success than Graffin, even though some have played a non-league schedule far easier than Graffin's.
Nichols may have more security than the others since he's the president of the BG Education Association, the district's teachers union.

LATE: BG is making a habit of late coaching changes. Baseball coach Josh Iler was dismissed last summer.
Because of the timing, BG hired assistant principal Robert Yenrick as an interim coach and the result was another disappointing season. BG finished 4-10 in the Northern Lakes League.
Bob Schultz, Yenrick's assistant, will be approved as BG's head coach next season during tonight's board of education meeting.

REPUTATION: The BG district is quickly gaining a reputation of being unfriendly to head coaches, with the departure of Graffin and Iler, and the resignation last fall of football coach Steve Aungst.
There's no doubt some parents in the district have the ear of McVey and the school board, and that's played a role in the changes.
A number of coaches and administrators in other districts have said they would have a hard time uprooting their families and changing jobs to come to BG given the uncertainty in the district.
Meddling parents are an ancient long-time problem in most communities when it comes to youth sports and high school sports. But the state of affairs in BG reinforces the belief the best place to coach is an orphanage.

OTHERS: Mike Vannett retired as BG's athletics director and dean of students for what he said were financial reasons.
But one has to wonder if Vannett was forced out and or he just decided he was fed up with the district.
Aungst has since been hired as an assistant coach at Eastwood, which has one of the best programs in the Northern Buckeye Conference and is often a contender for a state playoff berth.
Aungst resigned for personal reasons and to spend more time with his family, but less than a year later, he's coaching again? It makes you wonder if he was forced out, too.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:46

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