Back on Sunday, we brought you the story of Marty Tirrell and Larry Cotlar, two radio hosts at KXNO in central Iowa who just so happened to be dropping scads of profanity during a commercial break while their mics just so happened to still be on. Though the incident happened five days ago, no action had been taken by their employer, Clear Channel.
Well, no action until now, anyway, because WHO 13 is reporting that Tirrell and Cotlar were both canned today. Also, Geoff Conn, an assistant director of programming, was fired for being at the audio board while the profanities were aired. Oh, you thought it was all just an unfortunate coincidence? Silly you.
Honestly, we can’t say we’re either surprised or sympathetic; all three deserved to be fired. Read more…
For roughly the millionth time in pro sports history, mistakes by the front office have cost the coach his job. Between the team-altering free agent signing of Elton Brand and an inopportune 2-8 stretch that pushed Philly’s record to 9-14, the environment became too toxic for Maurice Cheeks to keep his job, and according to the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, the four-year head coach was fired today.
It’s hard to say what’s more ludicrous: that five head coaches have already been fired in a season that isn’t even a third of the way finished, or the notion that Cheeks was the problem in the Illadelph. As ESPN.COM correctly notes, “[a]fter signing Elton Brand… the Sixers have looked nothing like last season’s up-tempo squad that advanced to the playoffs.” Indeed, the production of Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert, and Thaddeus Young have all tailed off; each is at least three points lower on the Hollinger Efficiency Index this year compared to last. For a team whose offense relied on its superior athleticism, adding a reliable but lumbering beast like Elton Brand was like putting lead Pumas on Usain Bolt.
As you’re probably aware by now, Tommy Tuberville
was unceremoniously canned by Auburn administrators “resigned” Wednesday, right on the heels of a positively horrific 2008 campaign. With his departure went his assistants’ jobs, but according to wives of two of those assistants, they were never informed by Auburn, finding out only through the press.
(”Hey, you know that recruiting trip I sent you on? Things seem to have changed a bit.”)
This bombshell of shocking d*ckitude comes not from anonymous sources and newspaper columns, but from the wives themselves, live on the air with Bill & Dan from SPORTS CALL on 93.9 in Auburn.
A quick aside: if you had asked me one baseball card to represent my entire collection, without hesitation I would have responded 1987 Topps Dale Sveum, pictured below (no, mine was not autographed; that would have probably made it the most valuable card I ever owned. My collection sucked). There he stood, his gaze as majestic as his ’stache, the incredible Milwaukee Brewers logo of the era gracing his cap. The 80s were great, and Dale Sveum was so very 80s.
So it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that Milwaukee’s interim manager’s career is no more. Sveum guided his team to the playoffs after taking over for Ned Yost, who was fired with 16 games left in the 2008 regular season. According to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL, though, it clearly wasn’t enough for Milwaukee brass:
Remember the beginning of the season, when Clemson was ranked in the top 10 and people thought this was the year they broke free in the ACC? Yes, well, about that… No.
Clemson’s slide back to the familiar territory of mediocrity started in week 1, when Alabama throttled them in front of a stunned Atlanta crowd, 34-10. Any hopes of a resurgence were dashed over the past two weeks, when the Tigers dropped consecutive contests to godawful Maryland and godawful-until-three-years-ago Wake Forest. That’s apparently all the AD needed to see, as according to WYFF in Greenville, SC, Clemson fired head coach Tommy Bowden today:
A media source has told PRO FOOTBALL TALK that Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber will no longer be part of the Monday Night Football crew.
The reasons aren’t entirely clear, but it definitely strikes a little gender imbalance into the crew.
No more boy-girl-boy-girl-boy pictures, at least for now. We can at least hope they work a little Erin Andrews into the mix, right? As for now, PFT takes a stab at the reasoning.