The College of Charleston had the ultimate "player's coach" in Bobby Cremins. He was an excellent recruiter and rolled the balls out on the court. He understood that good talent beats good coaching most days of the week.
When he retired, the college decided to hire the disciplinarian Doug Wojcik. Everyone in basketball circles knew his reputation and so did the college. Talk about polar opposites. Why is anyone surprised?
This generation of student athletes has a hard time adapting to Coach Wojcik's style of coaching, especially in a program that had Coach Cremins' footprint. Anyone who has participated in athletics at a higher level understands that a coach will sometimes say unpleasant things to motivate his players.
Right, wrong or indifferent, it is part of the coaching process to push athletes to maximize their potential. Coach Wojcik should not have been hired in the first place, and now the college is paying the price. The college has no one to blame but itself.
Go or stay?
I find it intriguing the two most controversial stories in Charleston today are both located at the corner of Meeting and George streets.
In my opinion, one should go and the other should stay.
Around the interchange of Highways 7 and 171 in West Ashley, better known as Suicide Merge, crews have erected numerous signs warning motorists of planned road work.
Yet for nearly a month, no one apparently has had the time to repair or replace one damaged sign which warned motorists of the hazardous alternate merge ahead.
Schools need more and better infrastructure because of demographic pressures.
But state Education Superintendent Mick Zais is against higher taxes to accomplish this (even a penny tax), offering no alternative monetary source, except to abolish Common Core. This is an unbelievable stretch.
When counties resort to bond issues to raise necessary funds for future infrastructure with the population voting overwhelmingly in favor, they should not be punished by a judge for daring to take matters into their own hands.
Which brings to mind: What are education lottery proceeds going for, if not for K-12?
I thought they were to augment the school budget, since a tax increase for a noble purpose is a dirty word.
Mick Zais, among others, doesn't believe the time has come to direct our Legislature to take the proper approach to school funding, i.e., to pool all school taxes from real estate sales in each county and with our Legislature doing the right thing with it. Else, many counties will continue having poor education in perpetuity.
At the same time, our teaching institutions need to weed out poor candidates before admission to a teacher training program.
Both measures, adopted by the Nordic countries 40-50 years ago, have been proved on the world stage.
Lake Moultrie Drive
Our community has hit the jackpot with the Crabpot Players theatre company. The new facility on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (Stuckey Shopping Center) is fabulous as are play offerings, which change monthly.
Acting classes are also available if you want an experience beyond being in the audience.
The only thing better than the superb acting is the surprisingly low price of a ticket. For tickets and information: 888-303-0763 or crabpotplayers.com.
Congratulations to director Jimmy Ward and all involved. Let's make this asset to our community a big success with our support.
Isle of Palms
How often do you hear the cry that illegals are taking jobs needed here at home and they are feeding on welfare programs?
In 2011, Alabama and Georgia, determined to crack down, passed a series of tough new laws. They claimed this would spawn the largest job creation bill ever passed. In fact the exact opposite happened.
Local businesses serving immigrant communities lost billions in income along with the states losing tax revenue. Yes, tax revenue. More importantly, their crops rotted in the fields as no Americans were prepared to do this backbreaking work.
In Florida, orange pickers work 10 hours a day and earn $95 based on a high specific pick yield.
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to try working for a day picking oranges alongside immigrant workers. Going at it full-on, his yield only earned him $28.50.
Rush Limbaugh said if it was possible for 11 million illegals to come here, why is it impossible for them to leave.
To Rush and his mass deportation fans, if you could actually do this, you would be eliminating cheap and dependable labor that is never taken up by Americans.
Produce costs would skyrocket via a combination of lower yields and hourly rates that would triple. Economies of agricultural dependent states would suffer significantly.
So those yearning for their (ironically) halcyon "immigration free" society, when they eat their garden salad, have their yard serviced, build and have their homes cleaned would have to accept a significant sticker shock surcharge - assuming they can find Americans to do these jobs.
All this points to an urgent need for our passive Congress to address the need for comprehensive immigration legislation.
Time to pull pontificating heads out of the sand.
David J. Waldron
We still have bicycle riders flying down the Ravenel bridge just a foot or two away from people walking, unaware of the bikers coming from behind.
Bikes stop poorly and are hard to turn. If a child pulls loose from Mama's hand and runs out, it's very unsafe.
One solution could be a guardrail dividing the walkers and the bikers. The white stripe on the walkway doesn't work that well, but the designers of the bridge did not install a guardrail.
Banning riding downhill might work - that's where the speed is, mostly because bikers who ride really fast are in my opinion looking for a Tour de France downhill bike experience.
The bikers could be commuters highly motivated to get to work on time, but at 10 a.m. on Sunday with their biking costume on, maybe not. Hey, it's the only hill around.
The public will soon be giving up a lane on the Ashley River bridge to improve safety for bikers.
I wonder if the Charleston bike associations and the public would support banning riding downhill on the Ravenel bridge to improve safety for walkers.
The public does not need to provide a downhill thrill ride for bikers, at least not on this bridge two feet from the walkers.
E. Hobcaw Drive
So, there I am like many a Lowcountry resident riveted to the TV tube Sunday night to take in the locally shot CBS series "Reckless." Oh my! Murder, violence (particularly violence against beautiful women), sex, conspiracy, bad cops, drugs, guns, smarmy attorneys, good ol' boy judges. Did I leave out greed?
How can this show go wrong? And the best line of night, you ask? "Who's Perry Mason?"
There is hope for some of us. The English Premier League's 2014-2015 season starts only one month after the final match of the World Cup.
Lazy River Drive