George Hale’s Perspective on Sports

Updated 4 years ago

By- George HaleTHE WORD CAME DOWN THIS WEEK THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE WILL BE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.BLAKE JAMES WILL BE RETURNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AS A SENIOR ASSOICATE A.D.JAMES, THUS BECOMES ANOTHER NAME TO REMEMBER IN A LIST OF NAMES, WHO HAVE PARADED THROUGH THE STATE UNIVERSITY IN RECENT YEARS.MAINE, AND SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ARE “STEPPING STONES” FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO MOVE ON.ON THE SURFACE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS.WE CAN ALL RESPECT THE DESIRE FOR IMPROVEMENT..I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT JAMES, AND THE OTHERS, HAVE WORKED LONG HOURS AND DONE THEIR BEST WHILE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES.A LOT OF TALK HAS BEEN ABOUT THE IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES.AND THAT IS IMPORTANT.U-MAINE HAS A GREAT BASEBALL FIELD, A PRACTICE DOME, NEW TURF ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD AND A GOOD HOCKEY ARENA.FUND RAISING CONTINUES FOR THE MEMORIAL GYM AREA WHICH IS A MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENT.THE BRICKS AND MORTAR ASPECT IS IMPORTANT.IN MY TRAVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY I HAVE SEEN WHAT OTHERS PROVIDE FOR THEIR STUDENT ATHLETES AND U-MAINE HAS BEEN TRYING TO PLAY CATCH UP FOR A LONG TIME.BUT WITH THE DEPARTURE OF JAMES TO THE SOUTH ANOTHER SWITCH WILL SOON BE MADE.DUE TO THE TIMING AN INTERIM A.D. WILL HAVE TO BE PICKED TO RUN THE SHIP UNTIL A NEW LEADER IS CHOSEN.WITH ALL KINDS OF LAWS TO FOLLOW AND CONSIDER THERE WILL BE THE “NATIONAL SEARCH COMMITTEE” AND APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS UNTIL A FINAL SELECTION IS MADE.MANY SCHOOLS, DUE TO THE SEVERE FINANCIAL RESTRAINTS, ARE TEMPTED TO HIRE “BEAN COUNTERS” AND FUND RAISERS FOR THE A-D POSITION. IN SOME WAYS IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE BUT IT CAN BE SHORT SIGHTED IN OTHER WAYS.THERE IS A CRUNCH IN STATE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNIVERSITY HAS NOT ESCAPED.THESE ARE INDEED DIFFICULT TIMES.BUT THE NEW, AND NOT UNEXPECTED OPENING, IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOVER LOST OPPORTUNITY.THERE IS NO ARGUMENT THAT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS THE SUCCESS RATE FOR BLACK BEARS TEAMS HAS SUFFERED.THERE HAVE BEEN SOME “UP” SEASONS BUT SADLY TOO MANY “DOWN” YEARS THROWN IN.HIRING ASPIRING ATHLETIC EXECUTIVES WHO COME TO MAINE FOR A FEW SEASONS AND MOVE ON IS NOT, IN MY OPINION, THE ANSWER.WHAT MAINE NEEDS, IN FACT CRIES FOR, IS SOMEONE WITH THE EXPIRIENCE AND LOYALTY THAT COMES WITH A DEDICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY.WE NEED TO RETURN THE SPIRT OF MEN LIKE TED CURTIS, HAROLD WESTERMAN, WALT ABBOTT AND STU HASKELL.THE HIRING OF AND MONITORING OF COACHES WHO LEAD THESE POPLULAR PROGRAMS IS THE ONLY WAY THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE CAN RETURN TO THE DAYS OF SUCCESS.WE DON’T HAVE TO SCOUR THE UNITED STATES TO FIND SOMEONE TO COME TO THE PINE TREE STATE WHEN WE HAVE DEDICATED, SUCCESSFUL AND LOYAL PEOPLE ON BOARD ALREADY.FOOTBALL COACH JACK COSGROVE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE WHO IS ALREADY THERE AND EXTEMELY CAPABLE OF DOING THE JOB.PLEASE SHOW ME SOMEONE MORE QUALIFIED AND LOYAL TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.


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