"DeAveiro said he found fundraising requirements time-consuming and onerous.The comment thread would lead one to believe people will reject Gélineau's defence the situation is "very comparable" to other schools and not "unrealistic." That sounds like code for a common management technique of not allowing people to make comparisons to the outside world.
" 'I just kept hoping that, at some point, the school would put more money into our program and invest a little bit more in my future, in terms of having me stay here and wanting me here,' he said in an interview. 'I'm grateful because they gave me my opportunity and I don't want to sound like I'm slamming the university because that's not what I'm doing. I just got a better offer.'
" ... The current parameters of university support for athletic programs require that coaches fundraise monies to cover costs related to all exhibition games, travel to preseason tournaments and honorariums for assistant coaches, who generally receive $1,500 or less for time and effort expended during a season. Individual programs must also pay for facilities and support staff required for ancillary events like the annual Clint Dunning Invitational Tournament.
"Many members of the Gee-Gees coaching fraternity have privately complained that the financial arrangement puts them at a competitive disadvantage, a proposition rejected by director of sport services Luc Gélineau."
Believe you me, I saw it all the time in one of my previous journalistic iterations, and not unlike DeAveiro, the best recourse was to take a better offer.
Meantime, Kondro has a who's-who of potential candidates, including ...
- Coaches with an Ottawa tie: Brad Campbell of Western, Shawn Swords of Laurentian (each was born in Ottawa);
- In-house replacements: Gee-Gees assistant Emil O'Neil, Ottawa women's coach Andy Sparks;
- Successful coaches in CIS and CCAA: Scott Morrison of Lakehead, Darrell Glenn of Humber College;
- Current assistant coaches who are close by: Rob Smart of Carleton, Duncan Cowan of Queen's;
- Former coaches: Keith Vassell, late of Brandon.
'Better offer' behind McGill move: DeAveiro; Ex-U of O men's hoops coach discouraged by school's lack of investment in program (Wayne Kondro, Ottawa Citizen)