• Dayton Police Log $32K of Overtime During First Four

    by Jessica Heffner April 2014

    The volume of people who flooded the streets- 3,000 strong during the largest celebration on March 27- rivaled St. Patrick's Day in 2013 and overall proved more volatile than any event Dayton police has handled in the past two decades.

  • Softball Coach Accuses University AD of Forcing Him Out

    by Tommy R. Atkinson, Staff writer April 2014

    Bob Allen, the West Virginia State softball coach who recently stepped down under what he claims was pressure from the university's athletic director, said that progress is being made toward a resolution. "I have been contacted by [West Virginia State President] Dr. [Brian] Hemphill," said Allen in a phone interview Monday evening. "I think we're making some progress. I think Dr. Hemphill wants to resolve this issue. "I know one thing, the phones have rung off the hook over there. I'd just like people to know I resigned under duress. They pushed me out. I was forced to resign. I love the university. It's been good to me. All I want is what's right."

  • Manhattan Coach Placed on Leave Over Fudged Resume

    by Howie Kussoy March 2014

    Less than a week after Steve Masiello nearly led 13th-seeded Manhattan to a stunning upset over defending national champion Louisville - in the Jaspers' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years - the 36-year-old coach has been placed on leave by The Bronx school, the latest in a dizzying sequence of events.

  • Sidetracked Coach Search Shines Light on Headhunters

    by JEROME R. STOCKFISCH; Tribune staff March 2014

    - It's common in the private sector for a major company to turn to an executive search firm when it's time to fill a high-profile vacancy. In what is now the big-money world of academia and college athletics, school administrators are turning to outside firms to nab top talent, too. With millions of dollars at stake - not necessarily in corporate profits, but ticket sales, TV contracts, research dollars and alumni support - local universities are borrowing the corporate model and have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars recently filling corner offices. University of South Florida St. Petersburg paid $97,700 to R. William Funk & Associates for the search that ended with the hiring of Sophia Wisniewska as regional chancellor last summer. Florida Polytechic is paying a $120,000 retainer to the same firm in the search for its founding president, and the fee will rise to one-third of the annual cash salary that person will earn. USF paid $160,000 for the search that brought in Charles Lockwood as dean of the medical school and senior vice president for USF Health; he starts in May.

  • Background Check Stops USF from Hiring Hoops Coach

    by JOEY JOHNSTON; Tribune staff March 2014

    USF was forced to kill the deal with Manhattan College coach Steve Masiello due to a previously undetected discrepancy in his background check, a source close to the coaching search told The Tampa Tribune.

  • UT Band Director Irked by Marketing Encroachment Is Out

    by Megan Boehnke March 2014

    The University of Tennessee removed Gary Sousa on Thursday as director of the Pride of the Southland marching band following a public battle with administrators last October.

  • MLB's Expanded Replay Rules Mean New Strategies, Hires

    by Paul White, USA TODAY Sports February 2014

    The dirt-kicking, cap-flipping, vein-popping argument that has been part of baseball's fabric for a century and a half is about to give way to a more modern way of deciding who's right.

  • Minnesota Can Nix New Kill Contract Over Absences

    by JOE CHRISTENSEN; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014

    The new contract says "the agreement shall terminate automatically" if he is unable to coach for 90 consecutive days, or 70 consecutive days during the season.

  • In Defeat, Coach Calls Opponent 'Rec Team,' Is Fired

    by Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer February 2014

    Ali DeVito's first season as West Boca Raton girls soccer coach will be her last. The former Bulls standout was fired by her alma mater Wednesday, less than two weeks after she criticized Vero Beach in post-game comments following the host Indians' 3-2 victory in a Class 5A regional final on Jan. 31.

  • School Board Opts Not to Hire Divisive Football Coach

    by Eric Lyttle, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH February 2014

    Dateline: HEBRON, Ohio It appears that the two great passions of Dave Daubenmire's life -- coaching and preaching -- are incompatible, at least to three of the five board members of Lakewood Local Schools.