1991-03-15; Central Michigan Life
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NEWS m$m^ >RTS i!K&m?mm!U$!sa&^rtmte:<ii:%*% .^b-. ■ i£ <9] ^a*"' __J Power through youth Hispanic Awareness Celebration begins Page 7 Sorely missed Replacing personable coach won't be easy task Page 10 Centra I Michigan FRIDAY March 15, 1991 VOLUME 73, NUMBER 66 © 1991 CM LIFE »:t_:.£!S ■"£*£&. i±l.i$\ MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 u^lM£%M&£M^&(517) 774-3493 J ! 14 PAGES Coles resigns amidst pressure Basketball coach steps down after turbulent season I.There was some pressure on me and I had to weigh the situation. The scales were really tipped against what we're doing here. I felt that it was in the best interest of the University I resigned.*J Charlie Coles by RICK LUBBERS LIFE Staff Writer Men's basketball coach Charlie Coles resigned Wednesday, saying he felt a push from within the University to leave the job after six years. Assistant coaches Dave Ginsberg and Bob Sippell also announced their resignations to CMU officials Thursday. Coles cited a squeeze from the University community because of recent poor showings in the Mid-Americ an Conference and other controversial off-court problems. Coles' official announcement to CMU Athletic Director Dave Keiiitz came Thursday. - _-_ 'It was agreed upon that I would be given a chance to resign," Coles said. "I think I did it because I wanted to, but I think I would be lying if I thought that there weren't some other people that wanted me to resign." The Chippewas, 14-14 overall and sixth place in the conference, did not match preseason expectations. Preseason media polls predicted Central would finish third. "There was some pressure on me and I had to weigh the situation," Coles said, ^he scales were really tipped against what we were doing here. I felt that it was in the best interest of the University if I just resigned." Off-the-court complications include charges brought against CMU guard Terrance Colbert, who allegedly sexually assaulted two University students. Colbert, former Florida senior, is lodged in the Isabella County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Other off-court problems added to Coles' dilemma, he said. He declined to elaborate on what those problems are. Although the final decision was his. Coles said he felt a pLish from within the University to make the move. Keiiitz said Coles pondered the decision for a good portion of the season. "I think this is something; that Coach Coles has Sixth-year CMU coach Charlie Coles strikes a classic'pose at last weekend's MAC Tournament. Coles resigned Thursday. LIFE Photo/Jeffrey Sauger been considering for quite a while." Keiiitz said. "I accepted his resignation and wished him the very best." CMU forward Melvin Kelly, Lansing senior, was shocked by Coles' resignation announcement to the team Wednesday. "Wouldn't you be surprised too if someone resigned and you heard nothing about it?" he asked. Several other Central players refused comment. Keiiitz said CMU will begin searching for a replacement immediately. "We will be looking nationally for the individual and get a letter to the NCAA News to advertise the position," Keiiitz said. "It will take six or seven weeks to find the best person possible for the job. We want to take our time and get the job done right." During Coles' six seasons at CMU. the Chippewas were 92 - 84 including a MAC Championship in 1986 - 87. See RESIGN Page 2 MAG peers shocked at departure by RICK LUBBERS - LIFE Staff Writer . " -\,"Tv ' h*,; ' v News of Charlie Coles' resignation as CMU men's basketball coach surprised many people. But no one was as startled as Coles' peers around the Mid-American Conference. Ohio coach Larry Hunter said Coles' announcement was a "real shock," and that Coles will be missed. /"" ' Coles, 49, officially resigned Thursday, as did assistant coaches Dave Ginseberg,' 44, and 52-year-old Bob Sippell. "* ~ : "I have a tremendous respect for Charlie Coles," Hunter said. "He is a class individual, he has a tremendous knowledge of the sport and his teams were always well prepared." "The first thing that 111 say about Charlie Coles is that he did a great job at Central Michigan," said Jim Larra- naga, - Bowling Green coach. "When I first came into this league, Central's team won the conference championship and that team was as tough as any of the teams we've ever faced." CMU forward Melvin Kelly, Lansing junior, said Coles was more than a basketball coach to the Chippewas.3■•:.- "He was a straight-up guy," Keily said. "He was a disciplinarian, a motivator and a friend." ' r Predicted to finish third in the MAC this season by ■ a preseason media poll, Central slumped to sixth place at the end of the regular season, finishing 14 - 14 overall. \ 3 CMU's failure to perform as expected contributed to public pressure and Cole's subsequent VVlSS^S Se*e NEWS PaSe' 2 Judge denies motion to reduce Colbert bond by CRYSTAL HARMON LiFF Si.iff Wr.ter Despite testimony from two basketball coaches and a sheriff, a judge Thursday denied a motion in Isabella County District Court to reduce Terrance Colbert's $25,000 bond. Judge Peter D. O'Connell said he would uphold the probation department's recommendation to not lower bond because Colbert has "no ties to the area." Colbert, 23, former Florida senior, is charged with third- degree sexual assault of a woman stemming from a Sept. 15. 1989. incident. Third-degree sexual assault * involves penetration through force or coercion and is a felony punishable by up to 1 5 years in prison. A civil suit filed by a second woman also is pending in Isabella County Circuit Court. Colbert's court-appointed attorney Bruce Havens called three witnesses to the stand to vouch for Colbert's character and reliability. Former CMU men's basketball coach Charlie Coles said he recruited Colbert from junior college Miami Dade-South, partly because he was impressed by his "sparkling academic record." Assistant coach Dave Ginsburg called Colbert a "model student-athlete'' with a 2.68 gpa in an "academically tough" business program. Ginsburg said Colbert — formerly of West Palm Beach, Fia. — changed his official residence to Michigan to save the athletic department money on his scholarship. If he had remained a Florida resident, they would have had to pay out-of-state tuition. Colbert was suspended See COLBERT Page 2 Group to study Public Broadcasting role by KAREN EMERSON Lif-r News Fritter President Edward B. Jakubauskas is in the process of appointing a task force to examine the mission and funding of Public Broadcasting. The president received recommendations for seven people to serve on the task force — five confirmed as of Thursday, said Janet Wagester, administrative assistant to the president- Robert Trullinger. director of Extended Degree Programs and Credit Courses, will chair the task force. "We need to look at what should the mission of PBS be in regard to the mission of the University and what its role should be." Trullinger said. The group probably will meet sometime next week, he said. Jakubauskas said he decided to form the task force in response to one of the recommendations in the Budget and Planning Council's Subcommittee Report of Budgetary Observations and Alternatives to the President. One of the expenditure reduction alternatives stated in the report calls for evaluating Public Broadcasting's "mission and relationship to the academic and public service functions of the institution," which will help determine the amount CMU should fund Public Broadcasting. Public Broadcasting includes public television and public radio. "This will be a committee to look into the ways and means in helping Public Broadcasting . . . this current year and years ahead," Jakubauskas said. The task force will try to determine who should pay the mortgage on the Public Broadcasting building, which Public Broadcasting moved See PBS Page 2 Recall efforts aimed at Engler:petitions filed by COLLEEN NEWVINE LIFE Staff Writer Another recall petition was filed in Isabella County Wednesday against Gov. John Engler. It is the second recall petition within one week filed against Engler. In forms filed in the Isabella County Clerk's office, Durand resident Steve Fisher and Twining resident Jacqueline Shrader both cited Engler's budget proposal as reason to remove him from office. While Shrader's document, filed March 6, gives the short explanation "state budget cuts in human services." Fisher's more recent petition is more detailed. Fisher's stated in the petition, "(Engler) refused to submit a budget for 1991 - '92 which would be proper and best for the good of our citizens. "He combined with others to subject the people to a standard of life which is contrary to our Constitution, common sense and God-fearing Christian principles." Fisher lists examples of cuts to General Assistance and Aid to Dependent Children and a "lack of interest in properly funding the arts, museums and health services of our state." Both petitions now face clarity hearings to determine if the wording is proper to go before state voters, with Shrader's scheduled for March 19 and Fishers March 28. said Betty Prout, county clerk. Isabella County collects all such actions and makes the determinations because Engler is registered to vote in Isabella County, she said. - See RECALL Page 2 CM LIFE is printed on recycled pope?
|Title||1991-03-15; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, March 15, 1991 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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