Christmas at AVC…Upsets…Coach Leaves…Crying Gopher

Posted: December 17, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, D1

AVC Basketball’s next games will not occur until after Christmas when they head up to their NoCal tournament at Chabot College in Hayward California on 28, 29, 30 December 2016,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Their first game will be against Sierra College at 3 pm on December 28th. AVC will have a 12 day layover between games so they will be healthy and hopefully it will not take too much work to knock off the rust.

AVC heads into Christmas break with a 6-1 run and is cleaning up their record after a weak start. 

There has been a number of upsets in SoCal JUCO in the last couple of days, Irvine Valley has ground out two of those upsets against San Diego City in OT and then shocked Mt San Jacinto last night.  Add to that, ranked El Camino was crushed against Ventura last evening. 

3-10 – Long Beach State shocked 3-8 – Oregon State at Corvalis.  They needed that win.  How long will the head coach be at Oregon State be around after a start like this?

Embattled coach Sean Woods resigned from his post of head coach of the Morehead State basketball program amid allegations of assault against two of his players, including head-butting one. Woods was serving an indefinite suspension and had missed the past five games as a result.

He was officially suspended on Nov. 22nd due to “unspecified complaints” filed against him.

Woods, who was a star at Kentucky in the 90’s, was suspended four years ago for similar behavior. Woods was seen berating player Devon Atkinson on the bench, allegedly making contact with him in the process. This suspension appears far more serious, however, and criminal charges could be in the works.

Image result for golden gopher cryingThe word is finally getting out about the U of Minnesota on what is happening with their football program that led to the Gopher players boycott of football activities, a high-profile stand that could culminate with the team sitting out the school’s postseason appearance in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Diego. Among those standing behind Wolitarsky were 10 teammates who are accused of taking part in the sexual assault of a female student.  According to another article, the football players provided the police a video showing the alleged rape was consensual. 

A criminal investigation resulted in no arrests and no charges, but each player was suspended indefinitely Tuesday following an investigation by the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  I am wondering why this office at the University has jurisdiction over the investigation?

The players say they won’t resume football activities until the school meets their demands, which include the reinstatement of the suspended players and that the school’s president, Eric Kaler, and athletic director, Mark Coyle, be “held accountable for their actions.”

I will continue to follow this issue but unfortunately, it looks like, no matter the outcome, the sports program at the U of Minnesota will be tainted and will not be able to recruit top quality athletes for the future.  Many athletes will think, “Why should I go to a university where I was cleared of a false accusation but still have may life and career ruined by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office.”  This is a sad program. 



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