COLLEGE OF IDAHO
Hoops coach didn't deserve to be fired
Coach Jensen fired!
He didn't win enough games; well, no, among hundreds of others. You only receive what you pay for.
One is reminded of the crush of the program of 1955. The financial department head at the C of I was instructed to fire then-head coach Sam Vokes. Sam had done a masterful job of coaching all sports, finding and bringing together groups of young men, the likes of which became community leaders and teachers. The Buzzes and Jakes were part of that great group of kids.
There are a few of us still living who were part of that movement. Today, however, achievements of other small schools have attracted local sports enthusiasts, many of whom were still wearing three-corner undies in the former era, to start a football program and short-change other sports.
Yeah, go back to school!
Athletic Director Marty Holly's decision, announced March 22, was one made that echoed a statement made, that date, by a well-known columnist, "And you have the leadership skills of a dung beetle."
JACK BUETTGENBACH, Boise
Move to Sun Beltnot good for fans
Fans? Who needs them?
That thought must be running through University of Idaho AD Rob Spear's head as he pushes the Vandals back into the Sun Belt. The same thought should be running through the heads of the State Board members, who approved of Spear's latest egomania.
Take a look at the Sun Belt teams and imagine how many road trips you will want or can afford to take. Think about the big rivalry games the Sun Belt will bring to Moscow. Think zero in both cases.
Then dream about rejoining the Big Sky Conference. The fun, close-to-home road trips. The huge rivalry games. The growing fan base. The chance for a national championship.
Oh well, forget it. Spear and the UI administration don't care about you, the fans.
RUSSELL JOKI, Meridian
Proud of basketball team, despite loss
Very proud of our Vandal women (after a 105-37 loss to Connecticut on March 23). They earned their berth in the NCAA Tournament and faced maybe the best team in the nation. They played with pride, hustle and determination. Both teams showed exemplary sportswomanship.
Congratulations on a fine season.
DANIEL REED, Boise