Old Dominion Monarchs Suprisingly Fire Coach Blaine Taylor
Not matter how great you are, not matter how long you are great, a mustache will always find a way to get you fired. Old Dominion Monarchs Athletic Director Wood Selig announced that the school has terminated its contract with coach Blaine Taylor. This comes as a surprising move, as Selig told anyone who would listen that Taylor was safe as recent as two weeks ago. I’ll leave the ENTIRE statement released by Selig at the end of this article, which some Old Dominion fans might find cute.
Taylor has been a very succesful coach in his 12 years at ODU. Before the start of this season his overall record was an impressive 378–192, which included four trips to the NCAA Tournament. This season, which everyone and their mother, was expected to be an incredibly down year for the Monarchs. And they were right, Old Dominion is currently rocking a 2-20 overall record.
Old Dominion is a very good coaching job. It will be interesting to see who Selig looks to next. You would assume, after making those “Taylor is safe” comments just two weeks ago, that he already has a few coaches in mind. Although, I do wonder after the firing of Taylor, if athletic directors think that good coaches magically grown on trees. There isn’t as many coaches in the nation out there as good as Taylor was.
Scuttlebutt making the internet-rounds were of Selig being fed up with Taylor’s outgoing behavior. Outside the glorious mustache that Taylor rocks, the man has been known to rock the party, as in, entertain fans by scorning officials to the point of crying.
Here is the statement released by Selig:
“As the athletic director at Old Dominion University, my primary responsibility is to our student athletes, and our intercollegiate athletic programs. As such, I am always going to try to base any decisions on those two guiding principles. After a comprehensive review of the men’s basketball program, and with the support of President John Broderick, I am relieving Blaine Taylor of his duties as Old Dominion University’s head men’s basketball coach, effective immediately. This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which a head coach is evaluated. At this point, in regard to our head men’s basketball coach, our student athletes need mentorship, leadership and guidance. Our fans and alumni need encouragement. Our administration needs confidence in our leadership. Effective today, I have appointed Associate Head Coach Jim Corrigan as the interim head coach through the remainder of the season. Jim has been with the program 18 years, and I have great confidence in Jim’s ability to guide the team the rest of the year. We are not giving up on our student athletes or the program. Today’s announcement is about addressing the present and the future needs of our men’s basketball program. We want to make the most of our remaining eight games and put our student athletes in position for success. I want to thank Blaine and his family for everything they have contributed to Old Dominion University over the past 11 years. Blaine’s student athletes have always shown great character and tremendous heart. They have enjoyed considerable athletic and academic success. They have gone on to become productive citizens in their communities following their graduation from the University. In those regards, Blaine has led a model program – all of which has made for a difficult decision today. But as previously stated, my primary focus is our student athletes and the future of our men’s basketball program. As this is an institutional personnel issue, I cannot comment further, and I trust you will respect that position. “
Did I mention that Taylor has the most wins in the history of ODU hoops? I guess not, I wonder if anyone let Selig in on that piece of information. Just might have done him some well to realize he was firing the best man for the Old Dominion job. Good luck replacing the stache!
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