?Holding practice seven days a week, in violation of NCAA rules that require players to be given one day off a week.
?Off-season coaching of players, another NCAA violation.
?Striking players "with a closed fist in unprotected areas of their bodies."
?Interfering with and attempting to intimidate university officials and campus police; making racist and other demeaning comments.
Bruce, who has been a college coach for 21 years, including nine at Ohio State, admits he committed the NCAA violations, saying, "I'm a rules guy, but I'll take full responsibility for those." He also admits he punched players but adds, "I don't think I ever hit anyone hard enough to hurt them." Bruce denies that he interfered with university officials or that he made racist comments.
The school says it will not pay Bruce for the final two years of his contract, which would have brought him about $90,000 annually. Bruce said that he will file suit to be reinstated. Meanwhile, the actions of Colorado State boosters trying to bully the university on his behalf have made Bruce's future job prospects very dim.
Block That Schott (con't.)
Marge Schott is not worth defending. As her recent remarks have made clear, Schott, the 63-year-old owner of the Cincinnati Reds, just doesn't get it when it comes to racial and ethnic defamation (SCORECARD, Nov. 30). The storm continued last week when a former employee of the Oakland A's said she had once heard Schott in an owners' conference call say, "I'd rather have a trained monkey working for me than a nigger." On Sunday, Schott was quoted in The New York Times as saying, " Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far." Now Schott faces suspension and/or a fine of as much as $250,000 when Major League Baseball's executive council meets on Dec. 7. She deserves the stiffest penalties unless she recants her comments and demonstrates a new sensitivity to minority hiring; the Reds' 45-member front-office staff includes only one black.
Still, there was a sense of convenience to the outrage expressed by baseball people last week. For years other owners have wanted Schott to go away, and the revelation of her racism and anti-Semitism may be just the excuse they need to take action. Wouldn't it be better if baseball's sudden righteousness were channeled in a more positive direction? Wouldn't it be better if Schott's comments, whether or not they lead to her banishment, also lead to a concerted effort by every team to hire more minorities?
When Dodger general manager Al Campanis made similarly demeaning comments back in 1987, he became a convenient scapegoat. Yet today baseball has no black general managers and only five minority managers, one of whom, Tony Perez, was recently hired by Schott. That puts her one up on the 13 teams who have never had a minority manager.