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Truth about sports

April 2, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor ( , The Herald-Star

Not too long ago Bruce Weber was fired as the men's basketball coach at Illinois because of poor job performance.

It appears one program's trash is another program's treasure as Weber was not out of a job long. He was recently hired in the same position at Kansas State.

That job was open because Frank Martin left to take the position at South Carolina, which was open because former coach Darrin Horn was fired after four seasons.

Doug Wojcik was shown the door at Tulsa, but resurfaced at the College of Charleston.

Wojcik spent seven seasons at Tulsa, where he has the most wins in program history at 140-92. But, the Golden Hurricanes never made the NCAA Tournament under his watch.

Ross Parmley, Tulsa athletic director, called Wojcik's firing "a business decision."

That basically means he needs more butts in the seats and multiple trips to March Madness.

Did Ohio State choke against Kansas?


The Jayhawks played better down the stretch than the Buckeyes.

Jared Sullinger proved why he is not ready for the NBA. He had a hard time getting around Kansas' Jeff Withey. The players in the NBA are bigger and more athletic than Withey.

Sullinger should spend the offseason shooting about 1,000 jumpers a day from 8-to-15 feet. He can hit that shot on occasion. But, as a defender, I would much rather him take that shot than get inside.

One thing was proven, though.

Every member of the Buckeyes needs Aaron Craft's heart.

Just me, but I am guessing approximately two dozen, or more, employees within the Indian Creek school district will lose their jobs at the end of the school year and they will not be replaced.

Administration must lop about $800,000 off the budget for the 2012-13 school year.

That's not good for anybody - especially the kids.

Thanks, voters.

Another pat on the back to the voters in the Edison school district for their thumbs down as sticker shock will be felt for the pay-to-play measure which will be implemented next school year.

Even Satan believes in God.

Expect Tiger Woods to play well at Augusta. Like Bay Hill, where he won for the seventh time recently, he loves the golf course and everything about the Masters.

I still say Phil Mickelson beats Rory McIlroy down the stretch.

Life will never be the same for Justin Cummings or the family of Lee West.

They continually need our prayers.

Zach Collaros has proved what hard work can do for you.

All the times I watched Max Nogay play baseball at Weirton Madonna, I never saw him don the catcher's gear.

He was a shortstop or pitcher - never behind the plate.

He spent his redshirt freshman year at West Virginia University as the bullpen catcher and is now the starting catcher for the Mountaineers.

What happens if he chooses to be stubborn and selfish?

Every high school athlete should watch the story on Chris Herren.

Every high school student should do a research paper on Horatio Spafford and how he came to write "It Is Well With My Soul."

Yes, make-up calls happen.

When pitchers cannot find the strike zone, defenses get bored.

Ryan Leaf continues to prove what a magnificent decision the Indianapolis Colts made that day.

Name the last professional athlete who was under a huge microscope like Tim Tebow and all people want to be is negative.

Practice is hard for a reason. Practice is hard and brutal so games seem easy and fun. It's OK if your child comes home dog tired.

Just a great win for the women's NIT championship by Oklahoma State.

Do you really think the Flyers really care about the cheap shot? The Flyers are 5-0 at Consol Energy Center since it opened in October 2010.

From Frequent Flyers and Frank Seravalli: Peter Laviolette was asked to give his reasoning as to why his Flyers are now 5-0-0 at the Consol Energy Center since it's opening on Oct. 7, 2010.

The Flyers were 13-27-8-3 in regular season games at the old Mellon Arena from 1991-2010.

Laviolette said it comes down to the Flyers' food on the plane ride home from Pittsburgh, where they are greeted with mouth-watering ribs from a restaurant across the West Virginia border.

Laviolette said the tradition started last season, which may or may not have sprung from his roots as a coach in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers.

"You know, we buy ribs from Dee Jay's in Weirton after the game, and we have them delivered to our plane," Laviolette said. "Those ribs seem to be doing the trick.

"It went back to last year. Whenever the ribs are ordered, we win. I want to thank Dee Jay's."

Keep it up Mr. Guida!

If you have never listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers baseball game, you must. He will only broadcast Dodger games in California and Arizona this year.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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