Well, let's look at some of the contentions of the brethren & sistern:
1. What The Gang of Two has done: read just three of their lies listed in my signature. No one addresses them do they?
Bulletin: If our Dear Leader ran the place the honorable way that Father Monan did, I'd be his biggest fan. Reality: he doesn't. I'm tired of my alma mater shooting itself in the foot by its untruths, with the resulting negative publicity and media comment such conduct receives and deserves.
2. Firing coaches:
Dear Leader has gotten rid of every hoops and football coach but one, (Coach TOB, who has now resurrected NC State) who was smart enough to leave before their lasso encircled his neck. And, unlike the other schools cited by some of you, most of those beheadings had nothing to do with won/lost record.
Coach JOB was let go because Dear Leader was piqued that word got out about his decision to lower admissions standards for basketball players. Though the Globe said that JOB was not the source of the leak, Dear Leader severed him.
Coach Jags: dismissed despite a 20-8 record in two years, with national ranking. Why was he fired? Because he dared to do what he had a legal right to do: interview with the Jets.
Note that he was NOT fired for cause, and BCI (nee BC) had to pay his contract.
Coach Inglese: her "retirement" was announced without her knowledge, despite a 273-179 record from 1993-1008, including 8 seasons with 20 wins, with 6 of her final 7 seasons having 20 wins.
Coach Skinner: 247-165 in 13 seasons; most wins in BCI (nee BC) history; last 6 years:
25-5 NCAA 2nd round
28-8 Sweet 16
21-12 NCAA 2nd round
22-12 NCAA 1st round.
Inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame
Model on and off court behavior
National Coach of the Year
First (and for most of his tenure) the ONLY black coach at BCI (nee BC)
He, too, will be paid the balance of his contract - this year and two more, at a $3.3 million total. Guess who'll be paying that cost? That's right - look in the mirror, folks.
3. The Paterno comparison:
For the five year period beginning in 2001; Coach Paterno had the following record:
2001 : 5-6
Yet he wasn't fired then, was he?
And look what has since happened to the Nittany Lion program.
IMHO Coach Skinner's track record shows that he would have done the same.
And who is there now: a guy who thinks the most important things he can do is ban headbands, names on jerseys and different color sneakers.
5. Alumni Giving:
Apparently, BCI (nee BC) believes that ND is our benchmark, since the Development Office sent out an email about 2 years ago at the time of the ND football game comparing our then 19% ( I recall) alumni giving percentage to ND's then 49% ( I recall) which was more than double ours, and urging Eagles to catch up with the Irish.
Why do ND alums give at so much a higher rate than Eagles do? Apparently, they feel differently about their school than do our grads.
Also, that same US News & World Report College Ranking issue that one of the lads here cited has some other interesting comparative figures:
ND ranks 19th in the nation; we come in at 31.
ND's 2009 endowment was 4,920,742,000
Ours was 1,591,158,551
Their tuition is lower than ours.
What's the answer?
And, sad to say, gents, the venom that y'all display toward someone who merely dissents is indicative of the tenor of the school.
If the school told the truth, operated consistent with Catholic values in its business interactions, it would solve a multitude of its self-created problems.
And, I respectfully submit, no one more than your humble correspondent, is more fervent in his wish that such would come about.
I am convinced, however, that such is impossible until we get new leadership, willing to "partner" with alumni in more than only their wallets.
Finally, to my esteemed friend, Gatzie:
Once again, son, you're wrong in your description of my position on minorities.
Earlier this week I posted a separate thread commending BCI (nee BC) for its progress in getting near a third of the present freshman class from minority students, a school high. I cited other signs of progress there as well, and even suggested that we try to lure our 44th President to the helm at The Heights when his time at 1600 Pennsyvania Avenue concludes.
How telling it is that NOT ONE of you ardent loyalists spoke out to agree that those steps are important and should be expanded, until we reach full equality with 50% minority representation in the student body and power hierarchy.