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Sports Mailbag: To the Editor: Reader asks who is to blame for BGSU hockey situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael J. Howick   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 10:01
The BGSU Ice Arena and the BGSU hockey program have been allowed to decline and have been mismanaged for 15 years. Who is taking blame? I will take some for not being a responsible supporter. But what about the BGSU leadership? What about past president Sidney Ribeau? What about Greg Christopher, Athletic Director? BGSU sports marketing? Ed Whipple, vice president? The Board of Trustees? The mayor and City Council? Are these not the people responsible for putting people in the stands and getting the alumni and supporters to open their checkbooks?
Instead, alumni and supporters are besmirched. I know one thing for sure, if your job is to sell something and people aren't buying, it is not the customer's fault, it is yours! Where is the strong leadership to stand up and admit a problem and set out a plan? Instead, we have a secret plan being buried within the bureaucracy to protect these same individuals when they cut the program. That's right - when they cut the program.
I would believe that the University and the city could easily commit to the longevity of the ice arena and the hockey program if certain goals are met on a timeline of some sorts. A plan with some goals that people can work for? Sounds pretty reasonable. Instead, we have alienated important alumni by inaccuracies, no commitment to the program and I might even say outright falsification of the facts and lies.
No wonder no money has been raised - I wouldn't give a dime to this mismanaged and disorganized group that has no sense of urgency, leadership or integrity amongst themselves. I have personally notified all groups of BGSU that I am involved with, there will be no more attendance by me and no more dollars out of my pocket until a plan is developed. I encourage everyone to do the same.
P.S. - I bought my season tickets already. How about you?
Michael J. Howick
Bowling Green

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