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by - Published July 23, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Wednesday, July 23rd

Dotson Charged: Carlton Dotson, the roommate and former teammate of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy, has been charged with Dennehy’s murder. Dotson, who was denied bond at a hearing early yesterday, indicated that he would contest his transfer to Texas to face the charges brought by Waco Police. Defense attorney Purcel Luke indicated that he would not waive the right to a hearing on the transfer, and a hearing will occur within the next 30 days. A Waco police spokesman said that Dotson’s relatives have told authorities that Dennehy’s body is “buried in a large body of water”, and that authorities had a general location within McLennan County (which includes Waco) identified for a new search. Authorities in Texas have started searching a lake near Waco.

Reaction was sobering among the friends of the Baylor basketball community. Dennehy’s girlfriend, New Mexico track athlete Jessica De La Rosa, maintained hope that Dennehy was still alive. Dennehy’s mother and stepfather, Valerie and Brian Brabazon, while on Good Morning America pleaded for Dotson to tell authorities where Dennehy was. “Carlton, if you know where our son is, please let us know,” Valorie Brabazon said. Dennehy’s stepfather Brian Brabazon stated that he still feels “that Patrick is out there somewhere alive.”

Clemons Dropped: The star-cross’d journey of Missouri guard Ricky Clemons has come to an end. Clemons, who last month pled guilty to a reduced charge of assault, and this month broke the terms of his work release program, was told yesterday by Missouri AD Mike Alden while in prison that he was being dropped from his scholarship and was no longer a member of the Missouri basketball team. Clemons and head coach Quin Snyder had an agreement regarding Clemons’ conduct, and the violation of the work release program on July 4th broke that agreement. Clemons was suspended from the Tigers for the upcoming season, and would have had one remaining season of eligibility at Missouri.

Wayne State Player Drowns: Wayne State senior forward Justin Chapman drowned last Friday in a swimming accident. Chapman, who had been swimming with friends off a boat in Lake St. Clair offshore from Macomb County’s Metro Beach, dived into the water but did not surface. His body was recovered on Sunday, two days after the accident. Chapman averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds this past season for the Warriors, and was scheduled to graduate this December with a teaching degree. Funeral services will be held Saturday in his native Toledo, Ohio.

Henson has Cancer: New Mexico State head coach Lou Henson, 71, has been recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the body’s lymph system, the school announced. Henson, currently second among active coaches with 762 victories (Bobby Knight has 809), plans on continuing coaching this season. Henson, who is Illinois’ winningest coach with a 21-year record of 423-224, is in his second stint as coach of the Aggies, whom he coached from 1966-1975, before returning to the school in 1997.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 18, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Friday, July 18th

Dennehy Update: After a two weeks without a substantial news update, things are starting to pick up again in the Patrick Dennehy disappearance case. Yesterday, roommate and teammate Carlton Dotson contacted Dorchester County, Maryland, sheriff’s deputies and provided them with a statement on his own, without the presence of his attorney, Grady Irvin, Jr. After Dotson had completed his statement, he was picked up by his high school coach Vic Burns. The content of the statement were not made public, at least until Dorchester County sheriff officials have provided the statement to Waco police. As you’ll recall, an informant notified Delaware police in late June that Dotson told his cousin he shot Dennehy in the head after the two got into an argument while shooting on a Waco-area farm. And late yesterday word came out of Waco that a maintenance worker at Dotson and Dennehy’s apartment complex found a 9mm handgun, and Waco police are examining it to see if it was one of the weapons owned by the pair.

Huskies on Probation: Piling onto the turmoil in Seattle, the NCAA gave the University of Washington basketball program two-years probation for the violations of assistant head coach Cameron Dollar. Last month head football coach Rick Neuheisel was fired for participating in an illegal gambling operation – a high-stakes NCAA basketball tournament bracket. The basketball program will also face reduced financial aid and restricted recruiting. During a four-month period last summer, Dollar had contacted recruits outside of the allowed recruiting period, and the NCAA deemed the violations “neither inadvertent nor isolated”, and were thus considered major violations.

Haskins Charged: Legendary Texas Western head coach Don Haskins has been charged with driving while intoxicated, according to El Paso police. Haskins, 73, had two open packages of alcohol in his vehicle and was jailed briefly Thursday morning before posting a $600 bond. Haskins won the 1966 NCAA Championship while coaching Texas Western, now Texas-El Paso, with an all-black starting squad against an all-white Kentucky team. The Hall of Fame coach ended his career in 1999 with a 719-353 record, including 14 NCAA tournament appearances, 7 NIT appearances, and 17 20-win seasons. It was just last month that DUI charges against current Miners head coach Billy Gillispie were dropped, following an arrest this past January.

Staying Put: Florida AD Jeremy Foley announced to fans and alumni yesterday that the Gators have no intentions of jumping to the ACC from the SEC, where they were a founding member 70 years ago. A possible move to be the 12th ACC team would create a great football conference (with Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, et al), and would likely spruce up the current ACC basketball level of competition, or at least more than Virginia Tech and Miami. Tuesday, the ACC filed a request to the NCAA to allow a change in the football bylaws to allow a championship game with 11 member institutions. The current bylaw stipulates a minimum of 12 members to have a conference championship.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 17, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Thursday, July 17th

Dennehy Update: Two stories came out yesterday that may have already provided investigators with more information regarding the disappearance of Baylor forward Patrick Dennehy.

In the first revelation, roommate and teammate Carlton Dotson was reportedly driving Dennehy’s SUV when Dotson visited his estranged wife, Melissa Kethley, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on June 12th. According to Ryan Ruthart, who knew both Dotson and his wife, Kethley told him that Dotson picked her up for lunch in Dennehy’s SUV and appeared “visibly shaken”. Ruthart also stated that he was interviewed last week by Texas rangers regarding an incident in which Dotson had threatened Dennehy with a pair of scissors, which Ruthart indicated was “way out of character” for Dotson. By all accounts, Dennehy was last seen on June 12th attending a class, and was last heard from on June 14th, when he spoke to a high school friend over the phone.

Dennehy’s girlfriend in New Mexico, Jessica De La Rosa, told the Dallas Morning News that Dennehy’s cell phone bill showed two calls three days after he was last seen. The first was to a New York limousine driver, and De La Rosa would not discuss the nature of the second call, though she shared information with the Waco police. When questioned, the driver, whose name was not released, said she did not recall getting a phone call, was unaware of the Dennehy case, and had not been contacted by any authorities. We’ve seen enough NYPD Blue and Law and Order in our lives to know that this shouldn’t be news, and that the Waco police should have had this information tracked down a month ago, rather than doing their investigations through the press.

New Grand Poo-bah: It’s not Mr. C, but Iowa AD Bob Bowlsby has been named as the next chair of the NCAA D-I men’s basketball committee, which gets its limelight in March during selection Sunday. Bowlsby succeeds Arizona AD Jim Livengood on September 1st, and will start a two-year term. Bowlsby, whose responsibilities on the committee as a member were limited to overseeing affairs for a few conferences, now has the whole ball of wax. Bowlsby was previously chair of the NCAA wrestling committee.

Redbird Pleads Innocent: Two days after being dismissed from the Louisville squad for being arrested on charges that he was trying to cash two stolen checks, Bryant Northern pleaded innocent yesterday. However, Northern has admitted to police that he stole the checks from a house he was visiting and that hid did try to cash them. His attorney refused to comment on the police statement. Hmmm, nice setup. Northern played in 31 games last season as a junior, averaging 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds.

Aztec Problems: While reviewing an audit of their athletic department, San Diego State has uncovered some potentially serious infractions. This comes on the heels of a May report that alleged numerous irregularities within the athletic department and led to the resignation of athletic director Rick Bay and the firing of two other athletic department officials. Those allegations became two-years of probation for the football team for illegal offseason workouts. The audit, which was ordered by university president Stephen Weber after Bay’s resignation, fills “10-milk crates” and involves several categories of violations, from mismanagement of department funds, abuse of admissions and registration policies, misuse of state-owned property, and unprofessional and unethical conduct by athletic department staff and coaches. A spokesperson indicated that some of the allegations were old news and had already been addressed, but were in the audit for due-diligence purposes. The background materials for the report are to be released later this week.

Husky Penalties: The NCAA will be discussing its findings on the University of Washington’s Cameron Dollar recruiting violations case in a conference call later today. In October, Dollar was suspended without pay for one month for multiple recruiting violations, most of which were for illegally contacting recruits outside of the formal recruiting window. Dollar was later banned from off-campus recruiting for this past season, and his pay was cut by twenty percent.

First Loss a Doozy: The US Junior basketball squad lost their first contest of the World Junior Basketball Championships in Greece yesterday, losing to Australia 106-85. With the loss, the US finished third in their group behind the Aussies and Lithuania with a 2-1 record, and the best they can finish now is fifth place. Michigan State forward Paul Davis led the squad with 28 points, while Oklahoma forward De’Angelo Alexander notched 15, Illinois guard Daniel Brown scored 14, and UCLA center Ryan Hollins contributed nine points. The finals of the under-19 tournament begin tomorrow.

Hollywood Hoops: A new basketball movie is starting production next month. “The Rucker” will look at Harlem’s famous Rucker League, following the story of a Midwestern college player who goes undrafted, and gets mad skills as a street ballah playing in the Rucker. Or something. The director is Malcolm Lee, Spike Lee’s cousin, and former Florida guard Brett Nelson has been viewed as one of the leads. The script is pretty similar to Nelson’s career track at this point, who recently signed a contract to play professionally in Sweden, after having a dismal senior season for the Gators. An open-casting call last month had more than 200 playaz showing up for tryouts for the film.

Reversal: A week after announcing he was leaving the Georgetown basketball program, sophomore forward Brandon Bowman has reversed course and decided to stay a Hoya, according to the Washington Post. Bowman, who played in every game last season as a freshman, averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds last season. It looks like he initially got some bad advice, and was homesick, as he resides in Santa Monica, California.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 16, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Wednesday, July 16th

Dennehy Update: Waco police have continued searching for Patrick Dennehy yesterday, searching the Brazos river inside the Waco city limits by helicopter, but the search turned up nothing. Dennehy, a Baylor junior transfer from New Mexico, now has been missing over a month. Investigators have even turned to Fox Television’s “America’s Most Wanted”, hoping to spur more tips from viewers, as the leads have gotten weak. So far, out of over 200 tips, over 50 people have been interviewed.

Kentucky-Wesleyan Forfeits: Eight-time NCAA D-2 Champion Kentucky Wesleyan has agreed to forfeit all victories from this past season as a penalty for two secondary infractions. The crux of the issue is two transfer students’ eligibility, who were allowed to play despite being ineligible. The school chose not to appeal the sanctions when they were brought to their attention two months ago. The Panthers will forfeit their runner-up finish in the Division II championship, as well as all 31 wins from this past season.

Saluki Leaving: Southern Illinois University announced yesterday that sophomore forward Blake Schoen has left the team. Schoen, who was mainly a defensive specialist, played in all games last season, and averaged 2 points and 1.5 boards in just under 10 minutes per game. The reason for Schoen’s departure was not immediately known, but the move will leave the Salukis shorthanded for their upcoming trip to Scandanavia.

U.S. Juniors Update: The U.S. Junior squad remained undefeated in Thessaloniki, Greece, yesterday in the World Junior Basketball Championships. In yesterday’s matchup, Illinois junior Dee Brown notched 47 points, including nine 3-pointers, to defeat Lithuania 87-84. The U.S. squad is 5-0 overall, heading into the finals on Friday, having defeated Puerto Rico 106-72 on Monday, led by Oklahoma’s De’Angelo Alexander’s s23 points. The international tournament for ages 19-and-under was moved to Greece from Malaysia after fears of the SARS virus.

Georgia Rally: In the ongoing saga of Georgia athletics, hundreds of Bulldog fans rallied at the state Capitol in Atlanta to protest Georgia president Michael Adams, and his decision to not renew legendary AD Vince Dooley’s contract. Dooley, who is beloved by the Bulldogs’ alumni base, including Herschel Walker, was against the hiring of Jim Harrick as basketball coach, which Adams pushed through. Walker was allegedly so incensed about Dooley’s firing, that he resigned from the Bulldog Club fundraising drive. Board members of the university have not been swayed by protesters, as they remain behind the school’s president.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 15, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Tuesday, July 15th

Webber Charge Reduced: Wrapping things up nicely with a bow, former Michigan and current Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal contempt in the Michigan/Ed Martin scandal case. Webber, and his father, Mayce, Jr., were charged with perjury to a grand jury prior to former Michigan booster Ed Martin’s death in February. Martin had stated that he had paid Webber and three other Michigan players over $600,000, including $280,000 to Webber during high school and college. Webber had denied the charges. With Webber pleading down to reduced charges, including the dropping of all charges against his father, Webber will likely avoid prison time. US District Judge Nancy Edmunds will decide whether the contempt charge is a felony or a misdemeanor, and sentencing is scheduled for September 16th.

Northern Gone: Louisville announced yesterday that junior guard Bryant Northern was dismissed from the Cardinal squad, following his arrest Sunday. Northern came to the Indian Hills police station voluntarily for an interview, and was arrested on theft and forgery charges. Northern and another man were charged with taking two checks from a house July 5th, and tried three times to cash forged checks for over $3,000. The second suspect has not been located. The arraignment was scheduled for tomorrow.

Ram Extended: Colorado State has extended the contract of hoops head coach Dale Layer, who led the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament in 13 years. Layer, whose contract was extended through the 2008 season, will receive a base salary of $185,000 and another $40,000 in guaranteed media and PR appearance monies. Layer is 46-45 in three seasons.

Low Self Esteem?: Just like coach Roy Williams, new Kansas head coach Bill Self is the lowest-paid coach in the Big 12. According to the Lawrence World-Journal, Self inherits the same $130,000 salary as Williams, but there’s a catch. The salary has remained the same for quite a while, due to budgeting – the head coach receives $129,380. However, in order to be competitive, the Kansas coach is guaranteed $1 million from equipment and apparel contracts, basketball camps, and multimedia payments. And those are just minimums. Self also will inherit Williams’ had a suite at Memorial Stadium as well as “reasonable in-state and out-of-state travel and entertainment expenses,” along with two automobiles and memberships in two country clubs. Just imagine what the highest-paid coach is getting.

Please Dismiss: The ACC has asked Judge Samuel Sferrazza to dismiss the Big East/ACC lawsuit, primarily on grounds that the Connecticut court system doesn’t have jurisdiction over the ACC. A hearing will be held September 29th.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 14, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Monday, July 14th

Clemons released, jailed: As reported previously, Missouri guard Ricky Clemons was released from University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri yesterday, where he had been undergoing treatment for a punctured lung and broken ribs. He then reported to the county jail within his two-hour allotment, as mandated by a Circuit Court Judge, where he will serve the remaining 42 days of his 60-day sentence for assault. Clemons

Oral Roberts Down Under: Oral Roberts reserve forward Cameron Tragardh signed a contract to play professionally in his native Australia, the school announced. The 6-10 Tragardh, who played in every game a freshman last season, averaged 7 points and 3 boards per game last season in 13 minutes per contest. Tragardh signed with the Townsville Crocodiles of Australia’s National Basketball League.

Indiana Gets Another: In what’s shaping up to be a stellar recruiting class, Indiana has announced that Smyrna, Georgia native Josh Smith has committed to Indiana for the 2004-05 campaign. Smith, who is rated among the nations’ top ten recruits this year, averages 22 points per game for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Smith joins D.J. White of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, James Hardy of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Robert Vaden from Indianapolis. Of course, – wait for it – Smith also isn’t ruling out entering the NBA Draft next June.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 11, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Friday, July 11th

Once again, Hoopville senior writer Jed Tai gets a mention in Mike Sullivan’s The Sporting News column. Kudos, Jed!

Taking the Metro Out: Georgetown has granted the request by freshman guard Brandon Bowman to be released from his scholarship. Bowman, from Santa Monica, California, averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 boards this past season as a freshman starter. This announcement marks the fourth player to leave the program. Michael Sweetney left for the NBA Draft, and guards Tony Bethel and Drew Hall left for NC State and Gonzaga, respectively. Six of the 14 players on last year’s squad will be back for the 2003-04 campaign.

More Iowa State: Well it only took two months to have this happen. In the July 9th issue of Pointblank Des Moines, there’s an advertisement for Autographs Rock’n’Roll Sports Bar and Grill in Urbandale. So what? you ask? The ad shows former Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy cozying up to the bar next to . . . Cyclones’ AD Bruce Van De Velde, who called for Eustachy’s resignation. While hardly innovative, the ads aren’t sitting well with ISU officials. The bar has also published similar ads with George Bush and Saddam Hussein, and Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. So you’re pretty sure of what you’re getting there. Someone’s getting crazy with Photoshop.

Conference USA Moves: The CUSA Board of Directors held a teleconference to discuss realignment and protecting their own. The board voted to enforce a bylaw to preventing current member schools from leaving before June 30th, 2005, thus ensuring that the conference will fight to keep their members, who are expected to be objects of affection for the Big East. The conference also had preliminary discussions on options for co-existing with the Big East in football. The New York Times reported that the all-basketball schools in the two conferences could merge – thus Marquette, DePaul, St. Louis and Charlotte could join St. John’s, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Providence, Villanova, et al. The same would happen with the football schools of both conferences. Lastly, Army has announced that they will leave CUSA football to return to being an independent. Army was an independent from 1890 to 1997, and has just completed its fifth (and last) season of conference play.

Collison the Man: Former Kansas star forward Nick Collison has been named the Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year. Collison, who was drafted by Seattle with the 12th pick overall in last month’s NBA Draft, was chosen over Iowa State’s quarterback Seneca Wallace and Big 12 opponents Hollis Price (Oklahoma) and Naismith National Player of the Year T.J. Ford (Texas). Collison, a three-time academic All-American, was the NABC National Player of the Year, first-team All-American, the coaches’ Big 12 player of the year, and became the Big 12′s all-time leading scorer.

More Kansas: In an update to the Kansas season-ticket upgrade scandal, incoming AD Lew Perkins said that he had no knowledge of the plan to have 121 longtime season ticket holders donate $5,000 to ensure their preferred seats, but thought that the plan was “genius”. Perkins said that while the action was not popular, it was absolutely necessary to provide scholarships and maintain competitiveness – the current $27 million endowment has only had men’s basketball, women’s swimming and track provide success to the Jayhawks. The case, led by a Topeka-based attorney and season ticket holder, is still pending.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 9, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Wednesday, July 9th

Keem ‘em Separated: The NCAA Tournament selection committee announced that they are considering changing the method by which the top teams are seeded. Under the proposal, no longer will the top two teams be in the same bracket, as Arizona and Kentucky were this year. Starting this season, the committee will no longer pre-determine which regions will meet in the National Semifinals (such as the South plays the West). Instead, that bracket will be determined on Selection Sunday, once all the teams are seeded. The committee also has proposed dropping “directional” labels to each regional, citing confusion in the pod system. Last year’s winners in Spokane (Wisconsin and UConn) fed into two different regionals, the Midwest and South, respectively. Now the games will be referred to by city. For 2004, the four regional sites will be Atlanta, St. Louis, Phoenix, and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The committee was adamant about not re-seeding after the regional finals. The proposals will be voted on in September.

New Lobo Cleared: Former Bradley forward Danny Granger has been cleared to resume his collegiate career in New Mexico. Granger, whose transfer resulted in rules violations against New Mexico, quit the Braves in January, and thus, due to NCAA transfer rules, will not be eligible to play for the Lobos until January of this season. New Mexico head coach Ritchie McKay said that in March assistant coach Duane Broussard violated a rule in contacting Granger while he was still enrolled at Bradley. The school self-reported the violation, and the NCAA levied a two-day recruiting period penalty, thus shortening their available recruiting window, and Broussard must attend a compliance seminar. Bradley, for their part, refused to release Granger from his scholarship, so he’s paying his way through the first semester this fall at least.

No to Notes: In a blow to US Prosecutors, US District Judge Nancy Edmunds has ruled that prosecutors in the Chris Webber perjury case cannot use handwritten notes from former Michigan booster Ed Martin. Martin, who passed away last February at the age of 69, was unable to testify before a grand jury, and prosecutors were hoping to use his handwritten notes as evidence. However, a note indicating “$20,000 – Bronco”, which prosecutors hoped would show Martin providing Webber with a vehicular gift, was deemed not to be evidence, as Martin was prevented from giving the gift to Webber by his parents. Additionally, judge Edmunds indicated that prosecutors could not call other former Michigan players to testify as to how much money they received, as well as wiretaps in which Martin alleges amounts of money that Webber owed him. Webber, currently with the Sacramento Kings, has denied taking anything of value from Martin.

Recruiting Update: North Carolina has landed Washington State’s top recruit in Marvin Williams. Williams, a 6-8 forward from Bremerton, is considered to be among the nation’s top 15 players. Meanwhile, Indiana announced that they have landed Moundsville, Alabama, star D.J. White, a 6-7, 230 pound power forward. White, one of the nation’s top 25 prep stars, joins a talented Hoosier recruiting class. Tennessee has received a verbal commitment from 6-10 center Damien Harris from Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina, who averaged 16 points and 14 boards last season. Lastly, Detroit Renaissance forward Joe Crawford has backed out of his verbal commitment to Michigan, stating that he wants to “experience the recruiting process”. Along with Michigan, Crawford plans on visiting Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Missouri, and North Carolina.

Ress-tless: Texas A&M University has announced that 7-foot senior center Tomas Ress is leaving the school, bailing on his final season of eligibility to play pro basketball in his native Italy. Ress, who graduates in August, averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season. A 12-game starter his freshman year, Ress missed the 2001-02 season with a staph infection that almost ended his playing days.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 8, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Tuesday, July 8th

Clemons Update: As reported yesterday, Missouri guard Ricky Clemons crashed an ATV at a party hosted by Missouri president Elson Floyd, but the fallout is just beginning. Clemons, who was on a work release assignment as part of his sentence for an assault conviction, did not have permission to attend the party. It turns out that Clemons’ work release program had been revoked that day, due to Clemons not checking in. Meanwhile, a Boone County circuit judge has determined that Clemons will serve the rest of his 60-day sentence from jail. However, Clemons is still listed in fair condition at University Hospital with a severe concussion, punctured lung, and broken ribs.

No Bronco: In the Chris Webber case, Michigan booster Ed Martin had a handwritten note that read “$20,000 – Bronco”. Prosecutors have attempted to prove that Martin had given the vehicle as a gift to Webber during his high school career, but Martin was not permitted to present the gift by Webber’s father, Mayce, Jr. Webber’s attorney has indicated that Martin’s notes aren’t reliable and should not be entered as evidence. Webber and his father are scheduled to start their perjury trial on July 15th.

Saved by the Gun?: In his first public statements since his blowup and subsequent firing in January, Nolan Richardson III has said that his biggest mistake saved his life. Richardson, who attempted to fire his two Tennessee State assistant coaches on December 26th, and later came back to the gymnasium with a handgun to confront them, was forced to resign on January 8th. In an interview with the Associated Press, Richardson now says that medical evaluations immediately after the resignation revealed that he was a “walking stroke” with high blood pressure, and a candidate for kidney failure and heart attack. By the way, Richardson admits that bringing the (non-loaded) gun was a mistake. Assistant coach Christopher Graves disputed the claim that the gun was unloaded. It will be a lot of anger management sessions before a program will touch him again.

Georgia Dawg: The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that assistant athletics director Susan Lahey has filed a complaint against AD Vince Dooley, complaining that she was unfairly passed over for a promotion. Senior assistant athletics director for academic counseling and support Robert Goodwin is leaving the university, and when Lahey applied for the position, she allegedly was told that she was not under consideration. Dooley commented that he consulted with the school’s equal opportunity office before making a decision. This controversy is right in the middle of the Dooley-Michael Adams skirmish. Adams, the university president, denied Dooley a contract extension, but then was put on the hot seat with alumni and boosters for the entire Jim Harrick mess, as Adams brought in Harrick over objections from Dooley.

Morning Dish

by - Published July 3, 2003 in Conference Notes



The Morning Dish – Thursday, July 3rd

No Morning Dish tomorrow – everyone have a good Independence Day holiday weekend! We’ll be back Sunday with all the assistant coaching moves.

Another Update: A few new cast members have been added to the Patrick Dennehy drama. Longtime Dennehy friend Daniel Okopnyi, a friend from high school, said that the two players, Carlton Dotson and Dennehy, were so afraid of threats to their safety that they were prompted to buy guns for their own protection. Okopnyi is the friend mentioned previously as telling Dennehy to move in with him in Ft. Worth, but Dennehy was unwilling to go without Dotson. According to Okopnyi, Dennehy spoke with him on June 14th, indicating that he was bringing Dotson with him to Ft. Worth. The threats against the two are though to be by Harvey Thomas, a recruit from Georgetown, according to Okopnyi. At this point, both Thomas and Dotson are “of interest”, but players on the team are forbidden to speak with the media. Additionally, there is now a lot of criticism against head coach Dave Bliss and his staff, for either not knowing about the situation, or worse, knowing and not intervening.

Courtroom with Albom: Chris Webber’s attorney has filed a motion to have Detroit Free Press columnist, author and ESPN talking head Mitch Albom testify at Webber’s upcoming trial. Albom, who spent considerable time with Chris and Mayce Webber during the recruitment and subsequent playing career at Michigan while working on his bestseller “Fab Five”, may have information that could discredit prosecutors’ claims that Webber received $280,000 from Michigan booster Ed Martin in the early 90s. The Free Press is opposing the motion to have Albom testify as part of the paper’s standard legal defense, claiming that they don’t share unpublished information with anyone. Prosecutors counter with an indication that Albom won’t have to name sources, just provide observances.

Jayhawk Court?: The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that Topeka attorney Brock Snyder has filed a suit against Kansas University, stipulating that the university violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act (and Constitutional rights to due process) by requiring large donations to the KU Athletic Corporation to keep their premium seats. Three season ticket holders, who have held tickets for 16, 40, and 53 seasons, respectively, were told that they would be moved unless they donated $5,000, and the suit alleges that 118 additional ticket holders were similarly pressured. KU officials said that they requested donations from the 121 ticket holders because they had premium seats, but had not donated to the Williams fund or other Kansas funds, and were “strongly recommended” to adopt a giving level similar to the fans in other premium seats.

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