Now that the Penn State scandal is out there, are we going to be seeing more of these? Or is this just a coincidence? On Thursday, Syracuse University placed long time associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave after a former ball boy accused him of years of sexual abuse.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” interviewed Bobby Davis, now 39, who once lived in Coach Fine’s basement as a teenager. In that interview, Davis alleged that Fine first physically restrained him and touched his penis when Davis was 12 or 13 years old. Now Syracuse police are getting involved, even though the University claims that it thoroughly investigated the claims in 2005 and say that they could not find any witnesses to corroborate Davis’ story.
Is this a case with some merit, or is a coach with more than 35 years with the school getting smeared? Difficult to tell at this point, having seen the Davis interview he looks credible, but so have others in the past making similar claims that seem outrageous.
What it really gets down to–both at the college and high school levels–is how to schools handle the investigations in a manner that is fair to both parties. It seems like most organizations haven’t found that balance yet and one side or the other gets slighted (or worse) in the process.
Source: Sporting News
Things are not so happy in Happy Valley. Here’s the story as we understand it: Jerry Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team until he resigned 1999 but continued to use the school’s facilities for his work (apparently a not uncommon practice within universities) with a foundation he established to help at-risk kids called The Second Mile.
There were allegedly several incidents involving Sandusky and underage boys in the facilities, including one in 2002, when a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. That grad student reported what he saw to head coach Joe Paterno, who immediately told Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley. Curley then reportedly got Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business involved and, shockingly, the reporting ended there. Sandusky was allowed to continue to use the PSU facilities until 2009 when another incident came to light that was finally investigated properly. In all, the former coach allegedly targeted at least eight boys for sexual advances or assaults over 15 years.
Now, a grand jury has decided that Curley lied to them about what he knew about the 2002 incident and that both he and Schultz failed to report the assaults as required by state law.
Source: CBS News
First off: yes, teachers jobs can be stressful, even gym teachers. And no, we wouldn’t want to trade places with any of them. But in this case, even you might agree that Jennifer Gomes, 42, went a little too far to get a day off work. Gomez worked as a gym teacher at an Escuela de Guadalupe Elementary School (Denver) a total of one day a week. One freaking day.
And yet, that was too much for her, so to get the day off a couple of weeks ago, she left a note at the school saying “There is a bomb inside.” Of course, the school took it seriously and closed down for the day, but also investigated, leading right to Gomes.
We’re not sure why Gomes was even allowed to work with kids: back in 2009 she pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse involving negligence without injury while working as a day care provider.
She’s kind of like a super hero with a secret identity, isn’t she? In the evenings and on weekends, Terry Mussari, 45, coaches on the “C” level cheering squad, (girls 10- and 11-year-old) for Stoughton Youth Athletic Club(MA) and during the day she runs a spa. Well, it’s actually more than just a spa, if you believe the police reports.
According to cops, Ms. Mussari also offered an undercover cops a little bonus if he hired 12 of her masseuses for a “private party.” For a mere $1720, the ladies would also provide party guests with sexual favors. A police report also suggests that the ladies who work for Mussari also provided sexual services at her spas in exchange for “tips.” Oh, and something about selling drugs, but that doesn’t seem to be the main thrust–so to speak–of the investigation.
League officials claim to be embarrassed by the claims and would have suspended Mussari if she hadn’t already resigned.
Cesar Landin, 16, wanted to come to the United States to play on a select high school basketball team. In fact, his parents were so desperate to get the boy this opportunity that they reportedly paid Theodore Berry, an assistant basketball coach at Lewisville High School (Texas), $300 a month to make it happen.
But instead of playing b-ball, Landin was forced to sell gourmet popcorn. Yes, you read that correctly: gourmet popcorn as part of some fundraising scheme. No rebounding drills, no three point shooting seminars, no ball handling classes: just going door-to-door selling over priced popcorn to strangers.
According to the teen, he “was forced by threats of violence to sell the popcorn in the city of Lewisville, Texas or he would be beaten.” Landin also claims that Coach Berry shoved him at some point, likely for not pushing the high end “upscale” gourmet popcorn items.
Not surprisingly, Landin’s parents were not happy with this arrangement (college scholarships for gourmet popcorn sales are not as common as they used to be) and eventually showed up in the US to get their son and filed assault charges against the coach/former national sales champion.
We’re not sure how good a basketball coach Paul H. Hill, 45, of Minneapolis (father of Tayler Hill, a starter on the Ohio State women’s basketball team) is, but his small arms shooting apparently needs some work. Which is fortunate for the parent of one of his players after an incident earlier this month at the downtown YMCA.
According to police reports, Hill and the parent got into an argument after a game and at one point the coach stormed off yelling “I’ve got something for you!” and taking off in his car. He returned a short time later and did have something for the parent: a loaded gun. He allegedly fired once from three point range, missed, did not box out to get the rebound and then drove off. Not surprisingly, Coach Hill now faces second-degree assault and has been banned from all YWCA facilities.