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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Naples News Editorial Calling For More Transparency

A Naples News editorial comments on the Ave Maria University basketball firing and asks for more transparency:
What happened to the men's basketball coach at Ave Maria University?

Hard to tell. There are many versions of the story and some parties feel out of the loop.

Although it is a private school and can do as it pleases, clarity is important for students, players, fans and future coaches.
The back-and-forth, he said/they said scenario is nearly a wash - until the Ave Maria athletic director says the whole story should have remained private as internal Ave Maria business.

Time out.

That mind-set fails to recognize the context - college basketball. Interest tends to be intense on and off campus. Someone would not notice that the coach brought aboard with much publicity — more aptly called hoopla? - only five months ago is not at the helm for the season opener next month?

Players, fans and coaches understand basketball can be a contact sport on and off the court. School officials ought to understand that, too.

College sports require a level of transparency. Schools and teams thrive on connecting with fans in good times and bad.
Just be straight with people and tell them what's going on. They can handle it.
I observe that this exact same analysis can be used when a tenured founding professor is terminated.