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.