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The status of UM hockey coach Mel Pearson has now been reduced to a stand-off between

  • the Regents (8-0) and interim pres. Mary Sue Coleman on one side, and
  • Pearson and UM AD Warde Manuel (who earlier this week wanted to sign Pearson to an extension)

on the other.

 

https://twitter.com/Johnubacon/status/1555246709088854017

 

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12 hours ago, Blackheart said:

How does this a-hole still have a job?

My guess is that (a) the administration wants to fire Pearson, but (b) Pearson has dogged support from one or more big donors. If this is the case, Pearson's continued employment at the University of Michigan without a contract makes some sense. There would likely be powerful parties behind the scenes who have so far successfully prevented the administration from completely terminating Pearson. But the AD, University President, or both can slow play the firing while trying to keep the donor(s) on board. The biggest hole in my theory is this: if the AD/administration wants Pearson out, why would they sit on the results of the investigation so long? Leaking the report is their best bet to bring pressure to bear on the stubborn donors to drop their support of Pearson. Perhaps the AD and University President aren't on the same page, or maybe they wanted to get rid of Pearson more quietly, without the details of the investigation becoming public and thereby giving the University of Michigan (another) black eye.

In any case, it appears inevitable that Pearson gets the boot before the season begins. UMich probably already has another coach lined up to step in whenever they can pry Pearson out of his office.

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4 minutes ago, Kevin G said:

My guess is that (a) the administration wants to fire Pearson, but (b) Pearson has dogged support from one or more big donors. If this is the case, Pearson's continued employment at the University of Michigan without a contract makes some sense. There would likely be powerful parties behind the scenes who have so far successfully prevented the administration from completely terminating Pearson. But the AD, University President, or both can slow play the firing while trying to keep the donor(s) on board. The biggest hole in my theory is this: if the AD/administration wants Pearson out, why would they sit on the results of the investigation so long? Leaking the report is their best bet to bring pressure to bear on the stubborn donors to drop their support of Pearson. Perhaps the AD and University President aren't on the same page, or maybe they wanted to get rid of Pearson more quietly, without the details of the investigation becoming public and thereby giving the University of Michigan (another) black eye.

In any case, it appears inevitable that Pearson gets the boot before the season begins. UMich probably already has another coach lined up to step in whenever they can pry Pearson out of his office.

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The status of UM hockey coach Mel Pearson has now been reduced to a stand-off between

  • the Regents (8-0) and interim pres. Mary Sue Coleman on one side, and
  • Pearson and UM AD Warde Manuel (who earlier this week wanted to sign Pearson to an extension)

on the other.

 

It's literally top administration versus athletics. 

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1 minute ago, The Sicatoka said:

It's literally top administration versus athletics. 

Apparently so, yet there must be high-dollar donors in the background supporting Pearson. Otherwise Pearson would be gone by now.

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53 minutes ago, Kevin G said:

Slightly off topic: what's with Pearson's hair? Real or rug?

That is a great question. I have been told it’s a rug but man it’s hard to tell. It appears to be stuck on with Velcro though. 

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30 minutes ago, AlphaMikeFoxtrot said:

Poaching season opens today!

The pick lists:
2022: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/143p8uRk2ajt4YCZ_Xx1z3rdKeNcOXj-KK4cirID5rro/edit#gid=1466169803
2023: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w4Zo5azvRWMiuN4Puxj5aRRhwOGmt-DENEsRapKxmfI/edit#gid=1466169803 

I doubt any 2022 inbounds are going to change this late (unless they have USHL options).

The 2023's however ... 

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U of Michigan's Covid lies (based on the report findings, let's call 'em what they are, lies) may have cost UND a trip to the Frozen Four:

  • Michigan gets sent home;
  • UMD gets an afternoon no contest;
  • UND plays regional night game;
  • The next night a full rest UMD team beats UND in 5OT.

Were it up to me, the next time Michigan qualifies for the NCAA tourney (autobid or PWR) they are automatically out of the field. The tourney slot goes to highest PWR not in. If that hoses the B1G out of their autobid for a year, blame your conference-mates.

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54 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

An assistant part of the prior regime gets the reigns. 

Think he'll be under a microscope? 

He'll have a scope on his rear end all year long. 

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9 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

On?
I was thinking more ... up. 

Well yeah, he's going to get a metaphorical colonoscopy this season. This wouldn't be a fun position to be in. 

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Not sure if it was mentioned here, but UAF got hit with NCAA penalties this spring. 

https://www.ncaa.org/news/2022/3/18/media-center-ncaa-violations-occurred-at-alaska-fairbanks.aspx#:~:text=Alaska Fairbanks and the enforcement staff agreed that the violations,rules education or monitoring processes.

Impermissible inducement and benefits violations
Alaska Fairbanks, the head men's ice hockey coach and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the men's ice hockey coaching staff violated impermissible inducement and benefits rules when they arranged free or reduced-cost lodging for at least 18 incoming prospective student-athletes to stay with representatives and current student-athletes before the school's dorms opened for the fall semester. The impermissible benefits totaled more than $2,000. As a result of the violations, eight student-athletes competed and received actual and necessary expenses while ineligible.

Additionally, a representative of the school athletics interests provided an impermissible benefit by allowing three student-athletes to use their vehicle on an as-needed basis for at least 15 days.

Head coach responsibility violation
All parties agreed that the head coach violated head coach responsibility rules and did not promote an atmosphere of compliance because of his involvement in arranging the housing accommodations. Further, he failed to monitor his staff, did not consult with compliance or self-detect violations that were occurring within his program.

Failure to monitor violation
Alaska Fairbanks and the enforcement staff agreed that the violations in the men's ice hockey program demonstrated that the school violated the NCAA principle of rules compliance by failing to establish adequate compliance reporting systems, rules education or monitoring processes.

Penalties
For the men's ice hockey violations, the school, the head men's ice hockey coach and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree on Level II-Standard penalties for the school and Level II-Mitigated penalties for the head coach.  For the certification-related violations, the school and the enforcement staff used past case guidance and Division II Bylaw 19.5 to agree upon penalties for the school.  The agreements contain the full list of penalties approved by the Division I and II Committees on Infractions, including:

Three years of probation.
A $7,500 fine.
A two-week ban on off-campus recruiting contacts, evaluations and recruiting communications in men's ice hockey during the 2021-22 academic year.
A 2% competition suspension during the men's ice hockey regular season for the head coach (at Alaska Fairbanks or any school that employs him).
Vacation of team and individual records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible.
The school must undergo an outside audit of its athletics policies and procedures.
The athletics director and compliance staff must attend NCAA Regional Rules Seminars each year of the probationary period. 
All staff members with eligibility certification-related responsibilities must also attend Regional Rules Seminars during the first two years of the probationary period.

 

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