Friday, July 9, 2010

Latest Gonzo Woes Likely Mean The End

It's almost a shame to see what Bobby Gonzalez, who was once a promising young college basketball coach, has become over the course of his career in the sport.

After several years at Manhattan, where he more than wore out his welcome, he moved on to Seton Hall where he was fired this past March. There have been any number of off-court incidents, run-ins with media/administrators/support staff, etc.

And, now, he was recently arrested on an alleged shoplifting charge. Here's a link to that incident and a recounting of some of Gonzalez's other misteps:

Your blogger, while a beat reporter for Siena at an upstate New York newspaper for many years, has the "pleasure" (and, yes, that term is most definitely made in a sarcastic manner) of dealing with Gonzlez over his entire tenure with the Jaspers. And, yes, I had my share of run-ins with the former Jasper coach.

And, through it all, I often wondered just how as volatile and divisive an individual ever got hired by a college basketball program.

But, recent events have all but ensured that Bobby Gonzalez's time in college basketball is over. It seems fairly certain that he will never again coach at the college level.

And, that's a good thing.

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