A. The week’s coaching news
We’ve now received confirmation that the Eastern Michigan head coaching position is just the Defense Against the Dark Arts job, with Josh Nilson setting a record by resigning 19 days after he was hired, citing family reasons. (Side note: it’s a shame asshole politicians have ruined “family reasons” for people who actually have family reasons.)
Just as a reminder, 13 months ago, Jay Santos was still the head coach at Eastern Michigan. So that will be Jay Santos, Sarah Brown, Josh Nilson, and New Coach all in a little over a year.
This week, Michigan State also happened to remember that gymnastics is about more than just ignoring sexual assault complaints. It’s also a sport, and Michigan State’s is a program that kind of needs to try to move on from the “make a card for Larry Nassar” era. So, last year’s interim head coach Mike Rowe has officially been named the permanent head coach, resolving one of still-open positions.
|Team||Outgoing coach||Reason||Incoming coach|
|Penn State||Jeff Thompson||Everything||Sarah Brown|
|Michigan State||Kathie Klages||Larry Nassar||Mike Rowe|
|NC State||Mark Stevenson||Retired||Kim Landrus|
|Georgia||Danna Durante||Fired||Courtney Kupets|
|EMU||Sarah Brown||To Penn State||Josh Nilson|
|Illinois||Kim Landrus||To NC State||Nadalie Walsh|
|Pittsburgh||Debbie Yohman||Retired||Samantha Snider|
|Ohio State||Carey Fagan||Promoted||Meredith Paulicivic|
|Utah State||Nadalie Walsh||To Illinois|
|EMU||Josh Nilson||Family reasons|
B. NCAA postseason changes
A couple follow-up notes to yesterday’s committee announcement.
One of the complaints about the new and improved format is that it will lead to fewer opportunities (this is the same argument that formed the foundation of SEC resistance and stalled the move for years and years…and years and years). Continue reading Things Are Happening – June 30, 2017