|Flashes from Gordon: Resignation adds to BG schools circus (08-14-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:35|
Random thoughts while anointing Perrysburg boys basketball coach Dave Boyce as the true vest in Ohio now that former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is out of coaching:
NOT AGAIN: Just when it appeared the Bowling Green school district was returning to normal, the district is searching for a head boys basketball coach for the second time in less than a month.
Gary Gardner resigned from the position Friday after being hired July 16.
He replaced Von Graffin, who wasn't brought back after 11 seasons. Graffin's dismissal was announced July 1.
Gardner cited the time demands of the job and his position as a middle school principal in the Anthony Wayne school district as the reason for his resignation.
It's just the latest happening that has turned the BG school district into a circus.
Yours truly can't go to any school in the Northern Lakes League or the Northern Buckeye Conference without being asked about what's going on in the BG school district.
Regardless of the reason for Gardner's resignation, the responsibility for the situation falls squarely on the shoulders of district leaders who waited until July to decide Graffin's future.
Ultimately, it's better Gardner resigned now than in the middle of the season.
If there is a positive in all of the chaos, it comes in the fact coaches aren't supposed to have any contact with their players until Sept. 3 under Ohio High School Athletic Association rules. The non-contact period started Aug. 6 and the first day of coaching isn't until Nov. 2.
Unfortunately, the players in the program are affected the most by all of this.
Now, the district has to decide if it'll go with an interim coach for one season or if it'll still try to hire a permanent coach.
And one has to wonder how many coaches will be interested in the job knowing they would only be the No. 2 choice for the job at best.
Of course, hiring the second choice doesn't mean that person won't be a good hire or won't be successful. It just makes for an awkward situation.
FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD: Even after living all but three of my 51 years in BG, it's still hard to understand the narrow-mindedness of some Falcon fans.
A few of them have questioned the hiring of Chris Kingston as the university's athletics director for two reasons - 1) he isn't a BGSU graduate and 2) he might only be here for a few years.
Sure, it would be nice to have an alum as the AD.
But an alum doesn't guarantee they'll be successful and bringing in a person with fresh ideas isn't a bad idea. Kingston comes to BG after spending more than two years as an assistant AD at North Carolina State.
As much as some Falcon fans don't like to hear it, mid-major schools like BG are a stepping stone, not a destination, for most coaches and administrators. There's nothing wrong with that as long as those coaches and administrators embrace the community and the university.
PRIORITY: One of Kingston's first priorities should be to end the disconnect between the athletics department, and the community and BGSU students. He needs to be active in the community and in the university, just as BGSU president Mary Ellen Mazey has been.
Mazey is a familiar face at many community and university events. Heck, she's even been seen taking an evening walk down Wintergarden Road.
Kingston's meet and greet last Friday at a downtown BG restaurant was a good step. His personality must come across as genuine because the community will spot a phony in a heartbeat.
Kingston needs to embrace the community because its residents are the ones who buy the tickets to Falcon events and donate money to the department. He just can't be social and visible when he's seeking donations to the department.
For far too long, some administrators in the department have been aloof and acted like the city and the university didn't exist west of Mercer Road.
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