Archive for the ‘Firings’ Category

Some people call him Maurice…

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

…but not “Coach” any longer: Maurice Cheeks out as head coach of the Pistons, in what I believe is the first NBA coach firing of the season.

Cheeks was hired in the offseason last year and coached a total of 50 games for Detroit, with a 21-29 record.

(Hattip: Lawrence.)

Random notes: January 8, 2014.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Jeff Ireland out as general manager in Miami, on the heels of the Mike Sherman firing. This is being spun as “by mutual agreement”:

A club source said Ireland was going to lose much, if not all, of his decision-making power. Owner Stephen Ross intended to hire an executive with personnel authority over Ireland, a situation that was not acceptable to Ireland.

106 individuals charged in a massive, multi-decade long Social Security disability fraud scheme. Included in the indictments are 72 former NYC police officers and eight former NYC firefighters.

More to come. I’m getting a slow start this morning, but I do plan a gun show post as soon as I’m able to get one up. Assuming Lawrence doesn’t beat me to it.

Firings and other random notes: January 7, 2014.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

At this point, it is probably easier to list who the Houston Texans have not fired:

Assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar.

Also out of a job: Miami offensive coordinator (and former Texas A&M head coach) Mike Sherman.

The latest episode of “American Experience”, which is airing tonight on most PBS stations (7 PM on KLRU, with repeats at 1 AM and 3 AM) is an adaptation of Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook, about forensic toxicology in New York during the 1920s and 1930s. I thought this was a swell book, and I generally enjoy the “American Experience” documentaries, so I commend this to your attention.

And another one down…

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Legendary former Houston Oiler Mike Munchak, who went on to coach the Tennessee Titans for three seasons, was fired today.

He was 22-26; the team finished 7-9 this year.

The decision ends Munchak’s 31-year run with the franchise that dated back to him being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1982. Munchak later served as a long-time offensive line coach with the team before he was hired to replace Jeff Fisher in 2011.

Also:

The team offered him an opportunity to return, with conditions. Among them included parting ways with a good portion of his coaching staff. Munchak declined to do so, and the two sides agreed to part ways.

Ballad of the Houston Texans.

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Now that Bill O’Brien has taken over, what’s going on?

Answer: he fired everybody just as hard as he could go. He fired Wade Philips and he fired Rick Dennison, and he fired some people that he didn’t even know.

Seriously: Wade Philips is gone as defensive coordinator. Rick Dennison is gone as offensive coordinator. Quarterback coach Karl Dorrell is gone. Defensive backs coach Vance Johnson is gone.

Reports from elsewhere say everyone is going to be fired before the day is out.

Musical hattip:

Don Helms from Wikipedia.

Firings watch.

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Carol Ross, head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, was fired yesterday.

Well, actually, she was laid off. Along with her staff. And the entire front office staff.

And the team’s current owner has said that they are “no longer in a position” to continue with the team.

Asked if the Sparks would field a team for the 2014 season, or if the franchise would fold, [WNBA President Laurel] Richie repeatedly said that several entities have expressed an interest in owning a WNBA team and the league is exploring those options regarding the Sparks.

Bloody Monday.

Monday, December 30th, 2013

This is your official Monday after the end of the season coach firings post. I’ll try to update this during the day as coaches are let go.

Starting at the beginning: the Browns didn’t even wait for Monday. Rob Chudzinski was fired last night after one season.

Yeah, they finished 4-12, but I kind of feel like Chud was being used as the scapegoat for years of bad decision making by the previous management of the Browns. Really, one season? A season in which you traded away a previous first round draft choice (who turned out to be a bust)? I smell a scapegoat cooking.

Edited to add 1: Looks like Mike Shanahan’s firing as head coach of the Redskins is now official, as opposed to merely speculative.

Edited to add 2: Leslie Frazier out in Minnesota. 21-33-1, and the Vikings were actually a playoff team last year. It does seem like most of their games this year were competitive until near the end, and I don’t think Frazier was the problem with this team. You know, the Texans could probably do a lot worse than Frazier…

Edited to add 3: Stepped away for a little while to run some errands. While I was out:

Greg Schiano out as head coach at Tampa Bay, along with general manager Mark Dominik. Schiano was 11-21 over two seasons. Perhaps now he can return to what he really loves; beating up middle school children for their lunch money.

Jim Schwartz out in Detroit. Also out: offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and recievers coach Tim Lappano. Schwartz was 29-51 over five seasons, and actually took Detroit to the playoffs once. Once.

Also, it looks like the Redskins are engaged in a major housecleaning: eight of Shanahan’s assistants are gone as well, including offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Does this count as a “firing”?

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

I’m going to say “yes”.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown declined to specify the reasons for the team’s indefinite suspension of center Andrew Bynum for conduct detrimental to the team, but it appears his tenure with the Cavs could be at an end.

I’ve seen rumblings that Cleveland plans to trade Bynum, but:

…no other team besides the Cavs was interested in signing him last summer after he missed an entire season in Philadelphia with ongoing knee problems.

Boomaly boomaly boomaly boom!

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Earlier today, I was thinking to myself:

  1. Things are slow. There’s not really much worth writing about.
  2. “Gee, I wonder if any NFL coaches are going to be fired before the season ends. They haven’t canned Schiano yet, Jacksonville is kind of on an upswing, and I don’t think the Texans are going to fire Kubiak before the season ends…”

Well, I was wrong wrong wrongity wrong!

Gary Kubiak, who led the Houston Texans to back-to-back AFC South division titles and the franchise’s only two playoff victories but stumbled to 11 straight losses and a 2-11 record this year, was fired on Friday.

Wade Philips will be the interim coach. And Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

Analysis of Kubiak’s years here must include yin and yang, as his run with the Texans will be remembered for successes and failures. Triumphs and defeats. Ups and downs.
Mathematically, in fact, there is almost an equal number of each.
Unfortunately for him, mediocrity was the standard.

Kubiak’s overall record with the Texans was 61-64.

Edited to add: The team also fired Joe Marciano, special teams coordinator “who had been with the organization since its inception in 2002″.

Loser update notes.

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The NFL loser update will return Tuesday. (The Giants play Monday night.)

In the meantime, I wanted to take note of a story that’s been on the FARK sports tab, but is too strange to ignore here.

The Grambling State athletic program, as I like to say, does not have “issues”: they have a lifetime subscription and a complete run of bound volumes. You may recall that the men’s basketball team went 0-28 this past season. You may also recall that the football team lost the first two games of the season, and fired coach Doug Williams.

Things have not gotten better for the football team. They’re now 0-7 and 0-4 in conference. And the players are unhappy. It seems there’s some concern over Williams being fired, and over “poor facility conditions”.

The players are also unhappy about travel policies. Money’s tight, so the team travels by bus.

For the 750-mile trip to a neutral-site game in Indianapolis, SI.com reported that the team left campus at 6 p.m. last Thursday and arrived in Indianapolis at 9 a.m. Friday. Grambling lost 48-0 to Alcorn State the next day. Alcorn State, based in Mississippi, flew to the game, Grambling safety Naquan Smith told SI.

Grambling was scheduled to play Jackson State tonight. The game is Jackson State’s homecoming game, so it is kind of a big deal for the school (in terms of both spirit and money).

Note the use of the word “was”: the Grambling State players refused to get on the team buses Friday afternoon, and the game has been cancelled.

Yes, you understand that correctly; the football team is in open revolt.

On Thursday, the school relieved George Ragsdale of his duties as interim coach and replaced him with defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston.
The Shreveport Times reported that one of the conditions for the players to end their boycott was that Ragsdale, who started the season as running backs coach, be relieved of his coaching duties.

The conference has ruled the game a forfeit, which I guess makes Grambling State 0-8 now. I can’t remember the last time there was a forfeit of this kind in college football; this list at SportsReference.com appears to include games that were retroactively forfeited due to NCAA enforcement actions, and (oddly enough) Wikipedia does not have a “forfeited college football games” entry.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There’s already some detail coming out about the Williams firing that makes the school look bad. And the school is clearly struggling financially: ESPN has a good backgrounder from Tim Keown.

I have a lot of respect for the Grambling players for standing up and saying “We’re not gonna take it anymore”, and I would hate to see them punished for expressing legitimate concerns. At the same time, though, given the university’s financial troubles and athletic struggles, I have to wonder if maybe the best solution is to shut down the athletic program completely. That certainly seems like a better option than Grambling renting itself out as a cupcake opponent or players spending 15 hours on buses.

(To be fair, ESPN says it is only 160 miles to Jackson State. That’s about the distance between Houston and Austin, or roughly three hours travel time. I wonder if the protest would have been more effective if they’d refused to get on the buses for Indy? Then again, 15 hours each way on a bus gives you a lot of time to think. And plan.)

Edited to add: Totally forgot that I wanted to note this bit from the horribly written TampaBay.com article FARK linked:

Friday’s apparent boycott was the latest in three days of upheaval for Grambling’s program — which rose to prominence under former coach Eddie Robinson and has won a record 14 mythical national championships for programs at historically black schools.

“…has won a record 14 mythical national championships”? Say what?

Edited to add 2: By way of the FARK discussion thread, here’s a really good article from SI that goes into more detail on Grambling’s issues, including the whole weight room floor issue and the money problems.

Random note from the sports beat.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The Astros lost 111 games this year. Someone must pay!

The Astros shuffled manager Bo Porter’s coaching staff on Tuesday, reassigning pitching coach Doug Brocail to a special assistant’s role and firing first base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez.

Next year!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

I have a cold or allergies or something. I turned in early last night and am still getting caught up with the news.

But I really think next year might just be the Chicago Cubs’ year to take it all.

After all, they just fired their manager, Dale Sveum.

Today’s decision to pursue a new manager was not made because of wins and losses. Our record is a function of our long-term building plan and the moves we have made – some good, a few we would like back – to further this strategy. Jed and I take full responsibility for that. Today’s decision was absolutely not made to provide a scapegoat for our shortcomings or to distract from our biggest issue – a shortage of talent at the major league level. We have been transparent about what we are, and what we are not yet. Today’s decision, which was painful for all of us, was made to move us closer to fulfilling our ultimate long-term vision for the Cubs.

Uh-huh. Pull the other one, Theo; it has bells on it.

Also, Paul Pasqualoni, head coach at the University of Connecticut, is out after starting the season 0-4.