Balt. Sun Fires Writers In Press Box During Game

There are rough ways to get fired, and then there are truly heartless ones. According to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, the BALTIMORE SUN made a pair of moves on Wednesday that falls safely under the latter category, as the newspaper axed two of their writers in the latest round of layoffs while they were at the Orioles’ game against the Angels - in the press box.

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(The least they could have done was have the Orioles bird deliver the pink slips in person.)

The expiring names in question are reportedly Rick Maese and David Steele. Another writer, baseball beat writer Dan Connolly, was also told he was fired during the game, but later avoided the chop when two less-senior writers volunteered to take buyouts instead of Connolly. That’s little consolation to Maese or Steele, both of whom are longtime Maryland sportswriters with a large and loyal audience, and both of whom were told in the eighth inning — along with a photographer at the game — that they no longer had jobs.

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Detroit Paper Salutes Carr For “Bobby Dobb” Win

The DETROIT FREE PRESS was so excited about Lloyd Carr winning a coach-of-the-year trophy, that they misspelled the award:

Bobby Dodd wrong headline

What they meant to say was the Bobby DODD award, named after the former Georgia Tech coach who apparently was pretty good at the game.

Carr said he was “deeply honored and humbled” to receive the award when he was interviewed during halftime of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl - or if you’re a Freep headline writer, the Flick-Chill-A.

Last year’s winner was Fake Whorest coach Jim Grodde…er, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe.

The Dobby Bodd…er, Boddy Bobb…er, Bobby Dodd award comes as one last tribute the retiring Michigan coach. Carr will be leading the Wolverines for the last time on New Year’s Day in the Capital One Bowl, when they face Bourbon Rider & the Gloryda Flators…um, Urban Meyer & the Florida Gators.

Urban Meyer Florida Fans

Man, that Freep fouling-up thing is catching.

Mangino AP Coach Of The Year; Not Going To West Va.

LAWRENCE REPORTER MENTIONS MARK MOVING TO MOUNTAINEERS: Our big buddy Mark Mangino has another accolade to add to his ever-growing waistline trophy case, as the King Kong of Kansas was named the Associated Press 2007 Coach of the Year.

Mark Mangino

When you get such recognition, other schools are sure to come calling. Or at least that’s what this reporter thought.

DEADSPIN has the tale of Ryan Wood, reporter for the LAWRENCE WORLD-JOURNAL, who thought he had a scoop of Mangino hoofing it to Morgantown to fill West Virginia’s coaching vacancy. (Mangino is big enough to fill a lot of coaching spots - all at the same time!)

A man claiming to be Mangino’s agent called Wood on Wednesday and told him about Mangino’s contract negotiations with the Mountaineers. Wood went ahead and posted the story.

Mark Mangino fake West Virginia story

However, it turns out ol’ Ryan was a victim of a hoax. KU officials called Wood back and said no such talks had taken place, and West Virginia had not contacted Kansas about speaking to Mangino. The World-Journal posted a correction, apologizing for “misleading any readers.”

But not all news outlets were fooled. The TOPEKA CAPTIAL-JOURNAL received the same prank call, but checked with the Jayhawks SID first, who said there were no such talks. When told by the Topeka paper that they thought he was joking, “The caller said, ‘Well, whatever,’ and hung up.”

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So, it looks like the Mangenius will keep grazing in America’s Heartland for now - as long as his heart can handle it.

Detroit Columnist Calls Michigan ‘Bumbling Idiots’

COLUMNIST CALLS MICHIGAN CREW ‘BUMBLING IDIOTS’: These adventurous times in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines continue their Quixotic quest for a head coach.

Terry Foster of the DETROIT NEWS is certainly amused by Michigan’s manhandling of their own coaching search:

Keystone Cops

The Wolverines have been exposed as bumbling idiots as they do their best impression of the Keystone Cops in trying to replace outgoing coach Lloyd Carr.”Foster cites the Les Miles muckety-muck and the Greg Schiano shunning as examples of the ineptitude at Schembechler Hall.

Athletic director Bill Martin and Carr and friends have bungled this thing so badly they can’t even hire a coach — Miles — who is 32-6 in the SEC, on the verge of a national title and practically is begging to come to Ann Arbor. Michigan has become a house divided, and that division is threatening to bring in a second-rate coach.”

Rich Rodriguez West Virginia thumbs up

But now the DETROIT FREE PRESS says the rates have gone up, as West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has reportedly met with Martin and UM president Mary Sue Coleman about the vacant gig.Last year, the Mountaineers coach flirted with taking off for Tuscaloosa to grab the open Alabama job, but decided to remain in Morgantown - with an $800,000 raise.

If Michigan decides to strike it Rich, it’s going to cost them. Rodriguez has a $4 million buyout in his contract if he leaves West Virginia before the start of the 2008 season.

Then again, after Miles & Schiano, Rodriguez could just be strike three in the Wolverines’ coaching search.

The Juiciest Mitchell Report Newspaper Cartoons Of The Day

YOUR JUICIEST MITCHELL REPORT NEWSPAPER CARTOONS:

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER’s Lisa Benson:

Lisa Benson Steroids Cartoon

The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER’s Tony Auth:

Tony Auth

The LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS’ Patrick O’Connor:

Los Angeles Daily News Steroids Cartoon

USA Today Left With No NBA Reporters After Employee Buyouts

EMPLOYEE BUYOUTS LEAVES USA TODAY WITH NO NBA WRITERS: MAYNARDIJE.org reports massive recent employee buyouts at USA TODAY that include five members of the sports department has “wiped out its NBA coverage team.

USA Today Machine

Among those gone: NBA writers Roscoe Nance, David DuPree and Greg Boeck. According to DuPree, the departures leave USA Today NBA Editor Oscar Dixonwith no writers.“DuPree: “That’s the bed they made. I’m sure they’ll come up with something that works for them. But it has to be a blow. If you lose an entire desk in the middle of the season, it’s got to hurt.

We thought the cutbacks were supposed to help the paper’s financials, not increase circulation!