Sports Outside the Beltway

Army hires Cornell assistant Zach Spiker to be men’s basketball coach

He replaces the recently fired Jim Crews. From the Times Herald-Record-

(Athletic Director) Anderson confirmed that Spiker agreed to a six-year deal. The Academy will introduce its new hire at a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday at West Point.

Spiker, who was on campus for an interview this week, expected to leave Cornell on Saturday morning and arrive at his new home on the Hudson Saturday afternoon

Army hasn’t had a winning season in 25 years. In light of the recruiting restrictions placed on service academies, Spiker will have a hard time reversing that trend.

Why did Army fire Crews only days before his basketball team was to begin practicing for the 2009-10 season?

He replaces Jim Crews, who last month was fired after being accused of physically and verbally abusing players.

If Crews abused his players, his firing is justifiable. I think abuse of college athletes is more common than the few and far between reports of it that emerge sometimes.

Related Stories:
Recent Stories:

Comments are Closed


Visitors Since Feb. 4, 2003

All original content copyright 2003-2008 by OTB Media. All rights reserved.