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March 18, 2010, 10:01 AM ET
Gonzo hoops eerily similar to Gonzo journalism

by John Gasaway

Bobby Gonzalez, who was fired by Seton Hall yesterday, has always baffled me. With other coaches who seemed like jerks from a distance, I could at least intuit that they were probably exceptionally good at what they did. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, that is why such coaches get away with jerk-like actions. Their employer is trading day-to-day misery for wins. But I never saw what the Hall was getting out of their trade. Not when the team was 25-42 in the Big East under this particular coach.

Gonzalez is the first coach in my memory to combine: 1) behaving like an imperious and self-absorbed despot with 2) overseeing a program that is completely and self-evidently out of control. See, the whole point of the coach-as-dictator is that he runs a tight ship. This was apparently lost on Gonzalez. To have a player punch an opponent in the groin and have another (ex-) player arrested for kidnapping, robbery, burglary, and possession of a weapon–and mind you, both the punch and the arrest happened on the same day–has to represent a new low in the category of SID’s Worst Day Ever.

Seton Hall is now in the happy position of being able to hit a comparative home run with anyone they hire. Literally, anyone. Open the South Orange phone book and point to a name. “Myra Rappaport”? Come on down! She will be better for the SHU program than the previous coach, guaranteed.    

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