Sorry. Holy coitus. We promised to be more mature.
They fired one of the true believers.
And if you think Bart Tatum didn’t get fired, then you probably think Herman Cain will get elected president. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Well, it is about as likely as Brennan Stebbins being an honorary coach this basketball season.
Now, we know Tatum didn’t exactly have a winning record. And Tatum wasn’t popular with some players or fans. But his mistakes were kind of mistakes first-time head coaches make. And his record, taken in context, is misleading.
The last coach to win a conference title at MSSU was Jon Lantz. Lantz won it with future NFL Hall of Fame receiver Rod Smith. The story goes that Smith, recruited as a quarterback, was asked by Lantz if he would rather be an all-conference QB or an all-american WR.
Here is the question: Did Tatum deserve to get dismissed? The wins and losses say maybe, and the fund raising pressures say probably. And those are interdependent.
Tatum joins former Financial Aid Director/History Professor/closet dweller Jim Gilbert and T.R. “All we did was win, baby” Hanrahan on the scrap heap of the RTV junk yard. Gilbert and Hanrahan got screwed, but they “won games.” Tatum didn’t. But Tatum had a bigger rock to push up the hill.
Tatum also commiserated with the administration. He was a friend. Dumping him was tough. But the current mindset is the “greater good.” Which sounds good. Until you have to keep slaughtering good people. And doing it for the wrong reasons.
We don’t know Bart Tatum. He may be a douche. He may be a “righteous dude.” But he had horrible facilities, an administration that can’t seem to find the car keys and an athletic director who values sunglasses over substance.
And anyone who talks about his family being “crushed,” didn’t just resign.
In his way, Bart Tatum just called bullshit on his old pals. He gets the privilege of resignation, but he made it clear he was jobbed. And it was clear that LL Cool J-Red wasn’t happy about the announcement. We bet LL fought for the consultant deal. The news reports don’t specify specifically how long that will last. And that is a question.
We bet this decision came from higher than LL Cool J-Red’s pay grade.
Maybe Bart is singing.
Well, I never felt more like runnin’ away
but I need to update my resume
retirement, it’s got me singin’ the blues
Bruce Speck, Pink Slip Blues
And like the others, Gilbert and Hanrahan, it stinks. It may be the right move, as those other two might have been. But it stinks. It stinks of bad motives and selfish overlords. Maybe now LL Cool J-Red knows how others feel about having to sacrifice a good person and friend at the altar of The Fedora’d One.
Can you live with it, Jared?