Although his New York Mets escaped with a 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, USA, North America on Monday night, Willie Randolph couldn’t escape the pink slip.
To the surprise of pretty much no one, the Mets manager was finally given the ol’ heave-ho. But Willie won’t be leaving by his lonesome - pitching coach Rick Peterson and first-base coach Tom Nieto were also shown the door. In the interim, bench coach Jerry Manuel will be stepping in the cleats for the removed Randolph.
GM Omar Minaya - who still has his job (for now) - is set to schedule a press conference for Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
We suppose now was the perfect time for Mets management to kick Willie to the curb, since he was 3,000 miles away in Southern California.
The good for Knicks fans: Isiah Thomas is out as head coach.
The bad for Knicks fans: He’ll still be with the team in an “unspecified role“.
The bad for this particular Knicks fan:
His t-shirt sales will soon plummet.
Now that the Lopez Twins are leaving The Farm, Stanford coach Trent Johnson apparenty saw no further reason to stick around.
(Trent has his eyes on the Tigers)
Jon Wilner of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS reports that Johnson has accepted the head coaching job at LSU. The news comes from a report by KADN-TV that Trent is apparently Bayou bound.
Good to see the Los Angeles Sparks having their hiring priorities straight. Over on the front page of the WNBA team’s website, a large story pops up announcing that the Sparks are looking for singers to perform the pre-game National Anthem.
But just below that - and in much smaller type - is a small blurb asking for auditions for another helpful team position. Read more…
The ARIZONA DAILY STAR reports that Lute Olson has officially said he’ll be back on the Wildcats’ sidelines next year.
The Arizona coach didn’t speak to the media, but issued a press release on Monday, trying to explain his season-long leave of absence. Read more…
Nolan Richardson is hog wild about coaching college basketball in Arkansas again. The ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE reports that the ex-Razorbacks coach has been chatting with Arkansas State officials about their opening.
Richardson’s interest in the Indians’ job shows he misses being part of the collegiate game. Oh, and he’s running out of money. Read more…