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sachem east reassigns football coach during investigation


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysachem east's head coach mark wojciechowski on saturday october 18, 2014 at brentwood high school.bob sorensen (credit: bob sorensen / bob sorensen) sachem high school east has reassigned head football coach mark wojciechowski and an unnamed assistant pending the results of an investigation into the death of a player during a training drill on aug. 10, according to a statement by sachem schools superintendent kenneth graham on friday night.graham named anthony gambino as the team’s interim coach. gambino was the defensive coordinator...






esperanza makes coaching change - la times


larry mccann, a first-year baseball coach at esperanza who took over for longtime coach mike curran, was replaced as head coach on wednesday, principal ken fox said.he declined to give a reason, calling it a "personnel matter.""i guess i was fired," mccann told the orange county register.frosh-soph coach jimmy valverde has taken over.fox confirmed he knows of a video involving a postgame discussion from last week but the school is not allowed to use the video in its investigation.






no charges in colorado cheerleading forced-splits videos


denver (ap) — a denver prosecutor says no charges will be filed following an investigation into videos showing a high school coach pushing cheerleaders down in splits.district attorney beth mccann said in a statement released saturday there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges after a police investigation.the former coach, ozell williams, was dismissed after the videos became public. an east high school principal retired, and an athletic director resigned.the recordings were broadcast on kusa-tv in august, showing eight cheerleaders repeatedly being pushed into splits. in one video, a girl appears to cry out in pain and repeatedly asks the coach to “please stop.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mccann says the coaching technique “has no place in high school






ex-coach houston nutt sues ole miss, alleging smear campaign


hoover, ala. — former mississippi coach houston nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made during an ongoing ncaa investigation.the lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for lost wages, emotional distress, embarrassment and attorney's fees was filed wednesday in federal court in mississippi. it alleges that coach hugh freeze and other school officials created a "false narrative" in an effort to place primary blame on nutt for the ncaa investigation instead of freeze.nutt was the ole miss football coach from 2008 to '11. freeze has led the rebels the past five seasons.ole miss has been under investigation by the ncaa for nearly five year






sachem east reassigns football coach during investigation


sachem high school east has reassigned head football coach mark wojciechowski and an unnamed assistant pending the results of an investigation into the death of a player during a training drill on aug. 10, according to a statement by sachem schools superintendent kenneth graham on friday night.graham named anthony gambino as the team’s interim coach. gambino was the defensive coordinator of the team.latest hs sports stories“the school district continues its investigation to gather the facts surrounding this devastating event,” the statement said. “while that investigation continues, the district has determined that the sachem east football head coach and another member of the coaching staff will be reassigned, pending the outcome of that investigation.”graham said the team will practice on






videos show high school cheerleaders being physically forced to perform painful


videos showing multiple high school cheerleaders crying out in pain while being held by their coach and others in the splits position have led to an investigation by denver police and the placement of five public school employees on administrative leave.according to kusa-tv, which broke the story early thursday, east high administrators have had access to at least one such video since june and have received complaints from some of the girls’ parents for months. but denver public schools supt. tom boasberg said in a statement thursday that he just learned about the issue that day and that the school system would be conducting its own investigation into the matter.“in order to conduct a fair and thorough investigation, we have placed east principal andy mendelsberg, east assistant principal






boulder youth soccer coach under investigation seen watching games with binocula


daily cameraphil hufstadera former boulder youth soccer coach under investigation for “inappropriate and illegal conduct” was spotted by police watching soccer games through binoculars earlier this month, including games involving an alleged victim in the case.phil hufstader resigned from fc boulder soccer club in august and is currently under investigation by the boulder county sheriff’s office.at 5 p.m. on oct. 14, boulder police were called after a man was spotted at 3245 kalmia ave., watching games being played at pleasant view soccer fields through binoculars.when police found the man, he identified himself as hufstader and said he used to coach the teams playing but that he had been suspended from the team but still wanted to watch them play their games.“i want to keep my distance,”






ole miss, auburn, south carolina up next at sec media days


hoover, ala. — mississippi, auburn and south carolina will be the final three teams at sec media days on thursday.the rebels figure to be the main attraction in hoover — mostly because of off-the-field issues. the rebels are in the midst of an ncaa investigation that's lasted nearly five years, and now there are 21 alleged violations that include academic, booster and recruiting misconduct.adding to the off-the-field misery, former mississippi coach houston nutt filed a civil lawsuit on wednesday against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made during the ongoing ncaa investigation.nutt was the rebels' coach from 2008 to '11. current coach hugh freeze is entering his sixth season.free






ole miss, auburn, south carolina up next at sec media days


hoover, ala. (ap) — mississippi, auburn and south carolina will be the final three teams at sec media days on thursday.the rebels figure to be the main attraction in hoover — mostly because of off-the-field issues. the rebels are in the midst of an ncaa investigation that’s lasted nearly five years, and now there are 21 alleged violations that include academic, booster and recruiting misconduct.adding to the off-the-field misery, former mississippi coach houston nutt filed a civil lawsuit on wednesday against the university and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made during the ongoing ncaa investigation.nutt was the rebels’ coach from 2008 to ’11. current coach hugh freeze is entering his sixth season






assistant wrestling coach sues oregon state university after firing


portland, ore. (ap) — an assistant wrestling coach fired by oregon state university has filed a federal lawsuit that contends he was wrongly let go.the lawsuit filed in eugene says kevin roberts was falsely accused of allowing or participating in derogatory remarks made by members of the wrestling team toward one of their teammates.the former assistant coach complains he was fired in august after a university investigation that was “cursory and inadequate.”oregon state university spokesman steve clark told the oregonian/oregonlive that the school can’t comment on pending litigation or an internal investigation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.roberts is seeking damages for economic loss. defendants include the university, athletic director scott barnes and another






rick pitino ‘effectively fired’ by louisville


rick pitino couldn’t survive another scandal as an angry interim louisville president wednesday placed the head men’s college basketball coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked the sport.louisville, ky. — rick pitino couldn’t survive another scandal as an angry interim louisville president wednesday placed the men’s college basketball coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked the sport.president greg postel’s decision comes after the school acknowledged on tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. the 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people, including f






pac-12 forms task force to seek answers for issues in sports


san francisco (ap) — the pac-12 conference is launching its own task force to develop reform proposals in the wake of a federal bribery investigation that includes an assistant coach from usc.commissioner larry scott expects the 10 to 12 members on his task force “to address issues that are threatening the integrity of collegiate athletics and to protect our student-athletes.”he named the first five members thursday during the pac-12’s men’s basketball media day — a day after the ncaa announced a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball amid the scandal.usc coach andy enfield said all his players are practicing as the investigation continues. he has been instructed not to speak about the investigation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.trojans ass






louisville places rick pitino, ad on administrative leave in wake of federal cor


louisville has placed coach rick pitino and athletic director tom jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.jurich is on paid leave, while pitino is on unpaid leave. the coach's attorney, steve spence, told the courier-journal wednesday that louisville has "effectively fired" pitino.pitino's exit comes after the school acknowledged on tuesday that the men's program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. the 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an adidas executive.it is the latest black eye for the cardinals program. pitino and louisville are in the middle of appealing ncaa sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.jurich h






oprf principal, assistant wrestling coach reprimanded after investigation into o


oak park and river forest high school's principal and assistant wrestling coach were reprimanded after an off-campus sexual misconduct incident involving students was alleged to have taken place last summer at the coach's home when the coach was not there, according to records obtained through the freedom of information act.the documents show both oprf principal nathaniel rouse and oprf assistant wrestling coach mike powell were disciplined by superintendent joylynn pruitt-adams. pruitt-adams became oprf interim superintendent on july 5, 2016, and school board members voted to make her the permanent superintendent in december. according to a memo dated dec. 7, 2016, pruitt-adams said a school investigation determined powell engaged in "misconduct by allowing a current district student to s






oprf principal, assistant wrestling coach reprimanded after investigation into o


oak park and river forest high school's principal and assistant wrestling coach were reprimanded after an off-campus sexual misconduct incident involving students was alleged to have taken place last summer at the coach's home when the coach was not there, according to records obtained through the freedom of information act.the documents show both oprf principal nathaniel rouse and oprf assistant wrestling coach mike powell were disciplined by superintendent joylynn pruitt-adams.pruitt-adams became oprf interim superintendent on july 5, 2016, and school board members voted to make her the permanent superintendent in december.according to a memo dated dec. 7, 2016, pruitt-adams said a school investigation determined powell engaged in "misconduct by allowing a current district student to spe






usc assistant coach tony bland among 10 charged in college basketball corruption


two months ago, tony bland walked into a las vegas hotel room for a clandestine business meeting.the men's associate head basketball coach at usc wanted to reassure christian dawkins, a former sports agent trying to start his own firm, that his "heavy influence" would convince trojans players to hire dawkins as their agent.dawkins and bland discussed with two other men how to compensate the coach for his services. then the sports agent left the meeting with bland and an envelope containing $13,000, promising to give it to the coach.what bland and dawkins didn't know was that the man who brought the money to the meeting was an undercover fbi agent investigating fraud and corruption in college basketball. hidden video cameras and a microphone recorded every word.on tuesday, bland, dawkins an






oprf principal, assistant wrestling coach reprimanded after investigation into o


oak park and river forest high school's principal and assistant wrestling coach were reprimanded after an off-campus sexual misconduct incident involving students was alleged to have taken place last summer at the coach's home when the coach was not home, according to records obtained through the freedom of information act.the documents show both oprf principal nathaniel rouse and oprf assistant wrestling coach mike powell were disciplined by superintendent joylynn pruitt-adams.pruitt-adams became oprf interim superintendent on july 5, 2016, and school board members voted to make her the permanent superintendent in december.according to a memo dated dec. 7, 2016, pruitt-adams said a school investigation determined powell engaged in "misconduct by allowing a current district student to spen






usc assistant coach tony bland among 10 charged in college basketball corruption


two months ago, tony bland walked into a las vegas hotel room for a clandestine business meeting.the men's associate head basketball coach at usc wanted to reassure christian dawkins, a former sports agent trying to start his own firm, that his "heavy influence" would convince trojans players to hire dawkins as their agent.dawkins and bland discussed with two other men how to compensate the coach for his services. then the sports agent left the meeting with bland and an envelope containing $13,000, promising to give it to the coach.what bland and dawkins didn't know was that the man who brought the money to the meeting was an undercover fbi agent investigating fraud and corruption in college basketball. hidden video cameras and a microphone recorded every word.on tuesday, bland, dawkins an






illinois adds former kentucky assistant orlando antigua to coaching staff


illinois basketball coach brad underwood has hired former south florida coach and kentucky assistant orlando antigua as an assistant coach.south florida fired antigua in january as the program struggled and was involved in an investigation into alleged academic fraud. he went 23-55 in 2 1/2 seasons with the bulls.the investigation first prompted the dismissal of antigua's brother oliver, who was on the usf staff and was barred from recruiting on the road. during antigua's tenure, 13 players either left or were dismissed from the team, according to the tampa bay times.illinois said it had no concerns about the allegations surrounding antigua's time at south florida."we thoroughly vet every coaching hire we make," an athletic department spokesman said. "our integrity and reputation as a depa






high school coach resigns amid improper conduct allegations


cincinnati (ap) — an ohio high school coach has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 16-year-old student.documents released by the northwest local school district monday allege the former colerain high school coach met the girl at her home sept. 25. the girl’s mother says in the documents she came home around 3 p.m. and thought someone was breaking into her home after noticing a commotion.the girl’s mother says she yelled and the person ran from the home. school documents show the girl later identified the person as the coach.officials at the high school in colerain township announced the coach’s resignation last week.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.cincinnati police say an investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been filed.school offici






st. francis high football coach arrested in prostitution sting


the head football coach at st. francis high school is off the job and facing serious allegations following an arrest during a prostitution sting last month.police in the northwest suburb of maple grove were conducting an undercover operation on april 12 when they arrested tatum hermann for agreeing to engage in prostitution with a minor, said captain adam lindquist.lindquist could not provide further details about the arrest of the 39-year-old citing an ongoing investigation.hermann has not been charged, but lindquist said the police department is looking to submit the case to the hennepin county attorney’s office in the coming weeks.“we had probable cause to arrest him,” lindquist said. “this is a serious allegation and we take these types of crimes seriously.”hermann had been named the h






auburn's bruce pearl deflects questions on corruption case


auburn, ala. — auburn men's basketball coach bruce pearl wanted to talk about his team, the season and anything but the federal investigation that has ensnared his top assistant and engulfed the sport.pearl would only say friday that the alleged behavior leading to the arrest of suspended associate head coach chuck person tuesday on federal fraud and bribery charges "is unacceptable."he steered clear of the topic after that, making it a fairly short news conference.a few hours after pearl made his first public comments, louisville named david padgett its interim coach. he replaces rick pitino, who was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the investigation.when he was introduced, padgett said his task was not going to be easy, "it's a very tumultuous time."pearl would probab






investigators to focus on cu officials’ failure to report domestic violence alle


akira suwa / philadelphia inquirerattorneys gina maisto smith, left, and leslie gomez have been hired by the university of colorado to investigate whether officials violated campus policies by failing to report domestic violence accusations against an assistant football coach.the lawyers tasked with investigating the university of colorado’s handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach will focus their inquiry on whether chancellor phil distefano, athletic director rick george and cu football coach mike macintyre violated campus policies by failing to report the accusations.the scope of the outside investigation was unclear until this week, when the university provided the daily camera with a copy of the contract between cu and lawyers leslie gomez an






college: investigation ongoing, rick pitino is ousted


rick pitino has been able to roam the sidelines as louisville’s high-profile men’s basketball coach, even defiantly at times, holding onto his job amid a series of highly embarrassing missteps off the court.things looked bleak this time around, with a seemingly inevitable departure looming in the weeks since the latest scandal became public. but even after the school was linked to a federal bribery investigation, no one completely counted pitino out.not until monday.the university had seen enough and decided to finally cut ties with the hall of fame coach.the decision was unanimous.louisville’s athletic assn. officially fired pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that the program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.the association, which oversees






what los angeles-area coaches mostly didn't say about college basketball's pay-o


college basketball has plunged into scandal, with undercover agents, fbi wiretaps and the arrest of 10 men on federal corruption and bribery charges, including usc assistant coach tony bland.anyone who wandered into the los angeles athletic club on tuesday for the annual southern california coaches tip-off luncheon would not have known it. the event gathers southern california’s college basketball coaches before each season. everyone gives a short speech.none offered a single reference, even obliquely, to the scandal.usc coach andy enfield, who has said he has been advised not to talk about the ongoing fbi investigation or usc’s own internal investigation, did not have to. before his speech, he was introduced as the coach of a program on the rise. he talked about his upperclassmen, who hel






‘heart-broken’ sachem east coach accepts reassignment


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymark wojciechowski, then head coach of the sachem high school east football team, is seen on saturday october 18, 2014 at brentwood high school. (credit: bob sorensen) the sachem east head football coach who was reassigned friday pending an investigation into the death of one of his players said saturday that he is “heart-broken by the loss of a fine young man” and accepts the district’s decision to remove him. mark wojciechowski, in his first comments since the death of junior josh mileto on aug. 10, told newsday via a text message that he supports the...






pitino couldn't survive another louisville basketball scandal


louisville, ky. — rick pitino couldn't survive another scandal, with interim louisville president placing the coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked college basketball.president greg postel's decision came after the school acknowledged tuesday that the program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits . the 65-year-old coach wasn't named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an adidas executive.postel didn't stop with pitino; he also sidelined athletic director tom jurich, putting him on paid administrative leave. and though pitino isn't officially out of a job — he was placed on unpaid leave — the coach's attorney, steve p






louisville's rick pitino suspended five games


louisville, ky. – the ncaa didn't feel louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body thursday handed down a few more.an outraged rick pitino feels the ncaa went too far.after completing its investigation of katina powell's allegations that she and other escorts where hired to have sex parties and strip for louisville recruits and players, antics the ncaa described as "repugnant," it benched the cardinals men's basketball coach for five games and imposed several other penalties.pitino's suspension is less than jim boeheim and larry brown recently received for ncaa violations.still, louisville said it is appealing the ncaa's decision, and even that wasn't enough for pitino. he fired a few salvos at the ncaa after revie






oklahoma state assistant basketball coach surrenders to federal authorities


the fbi says oklahoma state assistant basketball coach lamont evans has surrendered to federal authorities in allegations that he took bribes to influence star athletes.evans was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator last season under brad underwood, who is now the head coach at illinois.fbi special agent jessica rice says evans surrendered to federal marshals early wednesday on federal corruption charges following an investigation into the criminal influence of money on coaches and players in the ncaa.rice says evans is scheduled to make an initial appearance before u.s. magistrate charles goodwin about 3 p.m. wednesday.according to the papers, evans expected $2,000 a month for his services. evans said it was necessary to use his influence over the youngsters early in their colleg






pitino outraged at ncaa penalties, louisville will appeal


louisville, ky. — the ncaa didn't feel louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body thursday handed down a few more.an outraged rick pitino feels the ncaa went too far.after completing its investigation of katina powell's allegations that she and other escorts where hired to have sex parties and strip for louisville recruits and players, antics the ncaa described as "repugnant," it benched the cardinals men's basketball coach for five games and imposed several other penalties.pitino's suspension is less than jim boeheim and larry brown recently received for ncaa violations.still, louisville said it is appealing the ncaa's decision, and even that wasn't enough for pitino. he fired a few salvos at the ncaa after revie






cu suspends chancellor; ad, football coach ordered to make donations after handl


colorado chancellor phil distefano will serve a 10-day suspension and colorado athletic director rick george and football coach mike macintyre are being ordered to make $100,000 donations benefiting domestic violence awareness for their “failures” in handling a case of alleged domestic violence involving former assistant football coach joe tumpkin, cu president bruce benson announced monday.distefano, george and macintyre also will be given letters of reprimand.the announcements followed a meeting of the cu board of regents after an investigation into how officials responded to a claim of domestic violence by tumpkin’s former girlfriend. the investigation concluded three “failures” by the university, according to former u.s. sen. ken salazar, a partner in one of two law firms that created






pitching coach chris bosio to miss rest of cubs' trip


pitching coach chris bosio will miss the remainder of the chicago cubs' nine-game trip to address a personal matter.the team announced bosio's departure two hours before monday night's game at pittsburgh.bullpen coach lester strode will take over the pitching coach duties, with quality assurance coach henry blanco serving as bullpen coach.bosio is expected to rejoin the team when it opens a seven-game homestand may 1 against the philadelphia phillies.






is mlb's ball juiced? pitchers strongly believe something's not right


home run numbers are staggering - a record 1.26 per game. is mlb's ball the main reason? "there needs to be an investigation," says a pitching coach.        






federal corruption investigation rocks college basketball


the college basketball world was rocked tuesday when 10 men — including four assistant coaches and a top adidas executive — were charged with crimes including bribery and fraud as part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption in the sport.oklahoma state assistant lamont evans is charged with multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery and solicitation of bribes and gratuities. evans was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator last season under brad underwood, who is now the head coach at illinois.the other assistants facing charges are auburn's chuck person, who played 13 seasons in the nba, arizona's emanuel "book" richardson and usc's tony bland. person and evans were immediately suspended. bland appeared in federal court in tampa, fla., wearing handcuffs






etsu’s ncaa berth caps steve forbes’ coaching comeback


six years ago, steve forbes spent his birthday cleaning out his office at tennessee after getting fired amid an ncaa investigation. now he’s at the height of his coaching career.forbes has led east tennessee state to its first ncaa tournament berth since 2010. his background makes him an ideal fit for a team that features plenty of junior college transfers.forbes began his playing and coaching career in the juco ranks and returned after receiving a one-year show-cause penalty in 2011 for failing to cooperate with an ncaa investigation of tennessee while an assistant on former coach bruce pearl’s staff.pearl, now the head coach at auburn, ended up getting a three-year show-cause penalty after the ncaa said he provided false and misleading information to investigators about improperly hostin






‘heart-broken’ sachem east coach accepts reassignment


the sachem east high school football coach who was reassigned friday pending an investigation into the death of one of his players said saturday that he is “heartbroken by the loss of a fine young man” and accepts the district’s decision to remove him as coach.mark wojciechowski, in his first comments since the death of junior joshua mileto on aug. 10, told newsday in a statement that he supports the school district’s decision to appoint an interim coach while it investigates the circumstances surrounding mileto’s death during a log-carrying training exercise.latest hs sports stories“i fully understand and accept the district’s need to conduct a full and fair investigation,” wojciechowski said. “i support it, and at this time, it makes sense for me to step aside and accept the reassignment






melville gas station fire contained, officials say


firefighters were still dousing residual flames from a blaze at a melville gas station just after midnight sunday as a plume of smoke rose above the area.more than 75 firefighters from multiple departments including melville, east farmingdale and dix hills responded to the fire, said steve silverman, a spokesman for the melville fire department.most popularas of 12:30 a.m., there were still “pockets” of flames firefighters were working to contain. silverman said the building suffered “extensive damage,” including cars that were parked inside the service garage.electrical lines were shut off in the immediate area of the gas station but were expected to be turned on after firefighters cleared the area.“the building was fully engulfed upon arrival,” silverman said, describing the severity of