Boston School introduced Wednesday it had employed Pat Kraft to be its new athletic director, changing Kevin Jarmond who left for UCLA. Kraft’s rent ends hypothesis that UMass AD Ryan Bamford was in line for the job.
Kraft, who resembles a younger Pete Rose, has a greater resume than Bamford. The Owls soccer group went to 5 straight bowl video games and two NCAA basketball tournaments underneath his watch. He has a eager eye for teaching expertise, hiring Matt Rhule who superior from Temple to Baylor to teaching the Carolina Panthers.
UMass soccer has been traditionally unhealthy throughout Bamford’s 5 12 months tenure (14-46), and the basketball group hasn’t had a successful file because the 12 months he arrived. He screwed up the Pat Kelsey hiring three years in the past, and has gone by means of coaches like a large number corridor goes by means of cleaning soap pads.
The truth that neither group has a successful file underneath Bamford’s watch is an inconvenient reality that’s largely ignored by the native media, which cares extra concerning the UMass brand design than successful video games.
Bamford’s fortunate to be the place he’s and making $428,096 on the taxpayers’ dime in 2019, based on the Boston Globe. Throughout a one-hour video convention final month, his key phrases concerning the state of the division have been “superior,” “terrific,” and “keep tuned on that.”
When a reporter requested him about his hair (sure, his hair), Bamford was in his wheelhouse. “Hat off! All proper man! That is the mop proper right here, the lettuce. Haven’t let my spouse contact it but. I’m gonna let it develop out somewhat bit.”
Bamford patted his mane and touched it along with his fingertips. “It’s not good, not fairly,” he lamented. “I received on the Peloton in the present day and didn’t put any product in it.”
Bamford mentioned he would possibly do his subsequent haircut dwell on Fb. Keep tuned on that, you’ll see why BC received its man and UMass is caught with theirs.
In March, Sports activities Illustrated wrote about Michael Crane, a contract TV editor who robbed a financial institution in 2007 whereas he was working on the Masters for CBS. Crane had been partying all evening with two drug sellers. He scribbled a holdup be aware and gave it to the teller. She checked out it and requested, “Are you certain you wish to do that?”
Crane nodded sure and left with a stack of payments that exploded in purple dye. He turned himself into the police and served 29 months in a federal lockup in Talladega.
Retired financial institution president Fran Lemay has a holdup story. Lemay attended Deerfield Academy and majored in enterprise at Nichols School in Dudley. He started his banking profession in 1955 making $2,600 a 12 months after his mom noticed a “Teller Wished” signal within the window.
Within the early 1970s, Lemay was on the Haydenville Financial savings Financial institution when it was robbed by two armed males. “Don Packard was the financial institution president and I used to be in his workplace when it occurred,” mentioned Lemay.
“They put the teller within the trunk and took off. They’d put the cash in a paper bag and threw it within the again seat. A few of it fell out and the cops noticed it after they pulled them over. They opened the trunk and received the teller out and he or she give up on the spot.”
Lemay was a titan of the native banking trade. He purchased and bought banks that in the present day belong to Folks’s United. Fortunately retired, he drinks beer and reminisces. “It was my solely financial institution theft,” he mentioned. “I used to be a nervous wreck over it for years.”
HORSEPLAY: Horse racing has continued regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. The stands are empty however on-line betting is authorized and the races are televised on Fox Sports activities, TVG, YouTube and different streaming companies.
Final month Churchill Downs dealt with $26.6 million on opening weekend, 3 times what it dealt with final 12 months. On Wednesday at Belmont Park, the opening day deal with was simply shy of $10 million.
The Belmont Stakes is 2 weeks therefore, shortened a furlong to a mile-and-an-eighth. Bob Baffert’s speedy 3-year-old Nadal is out. Winner of 4 straight races, the presumed favourite fractured his proper entrance leg throughout a exercise. Two screws have been inserted and he’ll be put out to pasture to breed little Nadals.
NOTES: Jockey Irad Ortiz had 5 wins on Wednesday’s card. … Most Safety has been moved to Bob Baffert’s barn after coach Jason Servis was indicted in an alleged doping scheme. Baffert’s received his personal issues. Two of his horses examined constructive for lidocaine, together with Belmont favourite Charlatan, and consequently he’s going through a 60-day suspension. … Jockey Luis Saez dropped his attraction for careless driving within the Ky. Derby and has begun serving his 15-day suspension. … Mark Casse was elected to the Racing Corridor of Fame. Casse received his begin saddling horses on the Mass. honest circuit. His nephew Ron Rodak works on the South Deerfield Publish Workplace. … Of steeds and deeds: Hola Chica is stabled at Santa Anita and is owned by 92-year-old composer Burt Bacharach. … Kershaw is racing at Santa Anita and so is RayRay, named for Liev Schreiber’s character on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. … Dean Martini broke his maiden at Churchill final weekend however Don Vito Corleone was pulled up and walked off. “I’m not saying something unhealthy about Don Vito Corleone,” joked FS1 analyst Richard Migliore, who was raised in Babylon, N.Y., and garnered the majority of his 4,450 profession wins at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
SQUIBBERS: WFAN’s Boomer Esiason says New England’s love for Tom Brady has rapidly light. “The best way this complete ‘Tompa Bay’ factor has gone down with the Rob Gronkowski reunion and jet snowboarding at Jeter Mansion, all this happiness is beginning to piss off Patriots followers.” … The NFL Community reviews that Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen and wideout Stefon Diggs are “growing a relationship” by enjoying video video games. … The Tigers will take 6-foot-1, 220-pound first baseman Spencer Torkelson of ASU with the primary choose in Wednesday’s draft. The Crimson Sox have the 17th choose, which based on mlb.com could be NC State catcher Patrick Bailey. … A 50-game baseball season could be like enjoying an prolonged Grapefruit League season. It received’t work. … One other ebook about Yogi Berra is on the cabinets, “Yogi: A Life Behind the Masks” by Jon Pessah. Yogi may’ve been speaking concerning the pandemic when he mentioned, “Should you don’t know the place you’re going, you would possibly find yourself someplace else.”
Chip Ainsworth is an award-winning columnist who has penned his observations about sports activities for 4 a long time within the Pioneer Valley.