Monday, October 01, 2007

PEORIA AND ILLINOIS CD-18: A DEMOCRAT'S SECRET WEAPON

I remember a few years ago hearing about Rocky Versace

Read, learn and maybe weep a little.

One suspects Dick will not be running alone next fall. Might be a little hard to paint this democrat into being soft on troop support.

Oh, yeah, Dick was born @ Fort Bragg.

8 Comments:

At 9:32 AM, October 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think Dick's brothers valor would have less to do with Dick's character than Dick's own history. Specifically his unethical recruiting that preceded his dismissal from BU.
In other words, he cheated.

 
At 12:44 PM, October 02, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

I don't remember a lot about it but I think I have this much right. Bradley was never NCAA disciplined for anything that happened on Versace's watch. The guy who first turned him in was a High School coach who wanted his job and the only guy to ever say the transcript problem negatively impacted the program was the guy who came after him who couldn't hold the underclassmen at Bradley and couldn't win with the guys who stayed after year one.

This is all from hazy memory and I didn't google it or anything but i believe all of those propositions are correct.

Let me be clear. I'm not arguing Versace, and Bradley Nation, didn't cheat. It's just pretty murky business. Some guys get fired and Kelvin Sampsons get promoted. It seems a silly thing around which to center a campaign.

 
At 1:05 PM, October 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NCAA found Bradley guilty of eight violations in the recruitment of former player Anthony Webster, calling Versace's conduct unethical.

Among NCAA sanctions imposed in July was a ban on postseason play in 1986-87.

Google it. It's not that murky. He would fit in nice in D.C.

 
At 1:39 PM, October 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It seems a silly thing around which to center a campaign."

Are you saying it's perfectly reasonable to center his campaign around the fact that his brother was a bona fide hero?

 
At 1:39 PM, October 02, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Perhaps it was my recollection that was murky.

I do remember Anthony Webster, nickname "The Eraser" which turned out to have a double meaning.

I'll look. Thanks.

 
At 2:04 PM, October 02, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

You're right about the sanctions and you're right about the "unethical" comment from the NCAA. But you're wrong about him being "dismissed". He was actually offered an additional one year contract but he quit and went to the pros without signing it.

Jeez, I'm glad for your comment. I'd forgotten all about Stan Albeck re-recruiting Hersey Hawkins and Rollie Massimino's filthy conduct in all that.

BTW, why you think the NCAA called Versace's conduct "unethical"? Usually, when an investigative body does that, it's cuz they can't find a rule that he broke.

Man, time flies when we're havin' fun, I didn't think all of that was more than 20 years ago. Wow!

Once, I had to speak at a dinner AFTER Coach Versace. That's a pretty high bar over which to Fosbury flop.

TYVMFCB

 
At 2:05 PM, October 02, 2007, Blogger UMRBlog said...

1339,

Not at all and I didn't say that. It makes it more difficult to attack Versace as a military softie than it would your basic generic democrat.

 
At 2:17 PM, October 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The school essentially fired him, announcing that he would coach one more season and then be replaced.

Your right Versace took the hint and bolted right away.

 

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