Thursday, August 05, 2010
Friday, August 07, 2009
The start of preseason camp and reinstatement of Greg Harrison may have temporarily quieted head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough’s concerns about the athletics department.
Now it’s the school’s turn to placate men’s basketball coach Tim Carter. A source at S.C. State has confirmed Carter will meet Tuesday with School President George Cooper to address issues which he claims have resulted in a breach of contract.
Carter was still on vacation Friday and had no comment about when or if a meeting will take place.
According to a letter delivered to the school by attorney Joseph R. Lefft, Carter was concerned about S.C. State not living up to a plan to develop the Bulldogs into a mid-major contender. The plan included a guarantee that Carter would be able to comprise his own staff of three assistants and one director of basketball operations. According to Lefft, South Carolina State has reduced Carter’s staff by one assistant following the departure of Kyle Perry to USC-Upstate.
The lack of investment in building modern athletic facilities, specifically a new gymnasium to replace the 40-year-old Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center, to keep up with the other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Schools, has also concerned Carter.
Despite these adversities, Carter led the Bulldogs to their first winning season in three years and the semifinals of the conference tournament. Also significant was the fact he became the first S.C. State coach hired by current athletics director Charlene Johnson to post a winning record.
Given the way the Harrison situation was handled, Cooper and the S.C. State administration needs to seriously address this matter. The problem is many of Carter’s concerns will not be settled overnight, especially since the school let go the man in charge of athletics facilities Brantley Evans.
It would seen this is another example of S.C. State finding itself reactive instead of proactive towards any program it faces. If all of these promises were made in writing, the school should have taken steps to at least assuage Carter.
Instead, this raises the prospect of perhaps other S.C. State coaches coming forward to express concerns. Even worse, the possibility that if the administration does not right itself, some other school will manage to snatch these quality coaches away.
Truly, the ball is in the administration’s court.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Maybe one day when Charlene is gone, we will finally get to know those behind the site, and celebrate Charlenes dismissal, rassignment, removal, or whatever it takes for her to be gone.
You can click the title to this blog to be taken to "THE DOG HOUSE"
Sadly, we know that all to be true. What is even sadder is we know THATS WHAT YOU WANT. As long as the expectations are low, you dont have any pressure on you. You want the program to be average, with butt kissing coaches and staff that will only do exactly what you say instead of having creative thoughts and ideas to advance the department. Dr. Cooper doesnt seem to realize that most of our alumni never wanted you to have that job, and none of us think you are doing a good job. But somehow, you convinced Cooper to give you another year.
In an athletics department that has run a deficit every year you have run it, it is mind boggling that he renewed the contract of a lady who is already retired, and dont know what she is doing. Unexplainable that he would hire a whole new cabinet EXCEPT for your position. Former players are lining up to say you are doing a horrible job, and coaches would too if they didnt fear retribution. None of your staff thinks you are doing a good job. Ask them. We have. The only reason some support you is because they know that as long as you are in charge, they can continue to be slackers just like you. The mediocrity is sytemic. And you are the cause. You are the cancer that that is killing our athletics department. That causes us to lose good coaches. That causes bad coaches to seemingly never get fired. That causes us to still have a high school weight room, and a joke of a softball field.
Everyone has a cross to bear. Charlene Johnson is the cross that the athletics department, and anyone who supports it, bears. And its the worse kind of cross. Its the kind that weighs heavy, but is invisible. Its not bad enough that she does a bad job, but she gets in the way of anyone else who does a good job, or tries to. If she would just let people do their job without getting in the way, the department would be 50% better right away.
The real question is, why would she stifle and cripple the athletics department of her own alma mater? Why would she cripple coach poughs program, which generates more money than any other in athletics? Why is she so upset that Pough is well known and liked? Why does she choke the life out of Carters basketball program, when she herself played basketball at SCSU?
Because Charlene is a selfish person who does not care about the success of the athletics department. She is so subpar at her job that she wants everyone else to look average so she doesnt look like the fool she is. She wants SCSU athletics to be back at the middle of the pack, because you actually have to WORK, and be INNOVATIVE, to lead the pack. She doesnt want to work. She wants to sit back in her office, duck interviews, and collect hre paycheck for another year, while doing as little as possible. We wish that the coaches that we have spoken to, from almost every sport, would go public with their feelings. We wish her staff would go public with their stories of how inept she is. But they all have families to feed, and to quote one we spoke to just yesterday in orangeburg, "we dont want to get cut like evans and harrison. They had too many ideas about how to move forward, and you see what happened to them"
What kind of culture does it breed when you have to be afraid to do anything smart because your boss isnt able to do the same. She never would have fired mackey if presseure had not been put on her. Sources inside the department say that she actually wanted to RENEW her contract instead of firing her. She never would have fired JB, no matter what he did or didnt do with a trainer. She never would have hired Carter, the 2nd time. She doesnt want people around who have seen it done and run the right way. She wants people like Mackey and JB, who will be so beholden to her because she gave them jobs that they didnt deserve, that they wont "rock the boat"
Well, the boat needs to be rocked. And she needs to be thrown overboard. PLEASE! PRESIDENT COOPER. SCSU BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEMBERS, SCSU ALUMNI, GOVERNOR SANFORD. PRESIDENT OBAMA. SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!! PLEASE JUST REMOVE HER FROM THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR POSITION! LET SOMEONE ELSE RUN IT FOR JUST A LITTLE WHILE!! THE COACHES MORALE IS HORRIBLE. PLAYERS MORALE IS HORRIBLE. ALL OF THIS WILL CHANGE IF SHE IS GONE.
AS WE HAVE SAID BEFORE. PRESIDENT COOPER. IS CHARLENE JOHNSON BEING IN CHARGE WORTH ALL OF THIS? WHY WONT YOU MAKE A CHANGE? IS IT THAT YOU DONT KNOW, OR DONT CARE? WE HOPE ITS THE FORMER, AND YOU REALLY JUST DONT KNOW.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Charlene, there would really be no shame if you just resigned. You are already retired, so you would still have a revenue source. You could then just sit back, and see how well the department would run without you. You could go home to allendale, and hang out with your family. And you wouldnt have to be concenred about the rising tide of alumni hatred directed towards you. There are already protest being planned for the alumni convention, demanding that you go, and former players like Nygel Pearson are already saying that they will not give money to the athletics department as long as you are in charge. You have been in the department in some capacity for over 20 years. Why not just let it go? Do your alma mater, and yourself, proud.
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FORMER SCSU FOOTBALL PLAYER SAYS HE WONT GIVE A DIME TO SCSU ATHLETICS UNTIL THERE IS A NEW ATHLETICS DIRECTOR!!!!
A SCSU athletics administrator just had the nerve to ask to make sure I give back to athletics, until there is a new AD u won't get a dime.
Now this is a kid that just graduated. He sees the AD and her antics up close. And he is pissed. And you wonder why its hard for SCSU athletics to raise money? Our own athletes are getting turned off by our AD!!!
President Cooper. Is out entire athletics department worth keeping the one person (Charlene)? A change must be made!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Still no comment from Charlene the Coward. Guess she only comes out on days she can hire an old underserving friend into a leadership position.
We will continue to highlight the lowpoints of Charlenes career (and there are so many of them!)
“We are dealing with some personnel issues,” Johnson said. “And questions have to be directed to Dr. (George) Cooper.”
Why is that Charlene? You made the call right? You made the decisison to fire Harrison and Evans from a revenue generating team, when you could have RIF'ed some of the retired employees from the staff. Like yourself and others. Is it fair to continue to get your salary AND retirement checks while you give other young employees who are vital to the program a 2 week notice? Why be afraid to comment on it? Face up to your decisions. Could it be that you know they are bad decisions? Why hide behind Cooper when this decision was yours and is about people in your department.
As usual, when the doodoo hits the fan, Charlene hides. Department runs a 5 year deficit, run and hide. Jamal Brown fooling with students? Charlene no where to be found. USC game tickets causing a ruckus? Charlene is in Allendale. Anytime there is something in the media about athletics thats good, that big face of hers is right in the middle of it. When its bad?
“We are dealing with some personnel issues,” Johnson said. “And questions have to be directed to Dr. (George) Cooper.”
Maybe she is right though. Maybe questions should be directed to Dr. Cooper. Like why did he renew her contract? Like why has she been allowed to shoot down any good idea from anyone in the athletics department? Like why she didnt request the summer school funds, which were available, for the football team? Rumor around Orangeburg is that she doesnt like Pough because he doesnt let her control him. He's too "big for his britches" He goes about the business of running a successful program instead of doing her bidding. Rumor is that she is trying to run him off.
Same thing with Coach Carter. Carter, who was a finalist when she hired JB, is another enemy. She didnt want to hire him, and some say she tried to scuttle him even being in the search. Just like when she hired Tonya Mackey instead of Joli Robinson from NCCU a few years back. Clearly Robinson was more qualified, but Mackey was her friend.
Through all the president changes, VP, changes, etc, Charlene has always been able to snake her way into keeping her job, while doing nothing.
Isnt enough enough? She has already retired. And still gets paid while firing great coaches. When will SCSU stand up and stop allowing mediocre performance to continue on? Our coaches win in spite of her. Our players vow to win in spite of her. They want to be in school and working out together, but she doesnt allow it. Guess Buddy Pough and that MEAC title last year got too much shine on him. Well, she will stop that. By cutting one of the major things that help Pough grow the program. Summer workouts. Will Ford is a all-american, but he is at home. Why didnt she ask the STATE Club to pay for summer school. They are the booster club right?
AND MOST OF ALL, LETS BE CLEAR. THE MONEY FOR SUMMER SCHOOL WAS THERE. CHARLENE DID NOT REQUEST THE FUNDS FROM THE FINANCE VP. THE MONEY WAS THERE AND SHE INTENTIONALLY DID NOT ASK FOR IT!
When is enough enough. Is it going to take alumni cutting off contributions as long as she is in place as Athletics Director? Thats whats on the way people. Alumni all over that support Pough, and common sense, are tired of this.
President Cooper is a smart man. But continues to be duped by this con-artist.
How with good conscience can you let retired employees stay on and let go young employees. Then hide when asked about it.
Just like a coward to throw the rock then hide his hand when the window breaks. Thats what we have running our athletics department. Cowardice. What are we going to do about it?
A NEW STATE IF MIND, right? But we allow the same mess to continue.
CHARLENE JOHNSON MUST GO. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE ON THIS TOPIC UNTIL A CHANGE IS MADE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE ALUMNI TO CUT OFF HER SUPPORT. WE HEAR THAT A LETTER WILL BE DRAFTED SOON ON THAT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE CHARLENE TO FACE HER DECISIONS AND COMMENT ON THEM. WE DONT CARE WHO REPLACES HER IN THE INTERIM, BUT SHE HAS TO GO. IF SHE CANNOT BE FIRED THEN SHE CAN BE REASSIGNED. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. SHE WOULD RATHER SEND US BACK TO MEDIOCRITY UNDER HER FULL CONTROL THAN TO PROSPER WITH ASSISTANCE. SHE DOESNT WANT ANYONE AROUND WHO HAS IDEAS. COACH HARRISON IS THE COACH WHO WORKED OUT THE GAMES WITH GEORGIA TECH AND AIR FORCE. ACTUALLY BRINGING MONEY IN THE PROGRAM. SO THATS WHO SHE CUTS. IT DOESNT HELP THAT HE IS EVANS BROTHER IN LAW.
IF CHARLENE JOHNSON HAS ONE OUNCE OF RESPECT FOR HERSELF AND THE SCHOOL, SHE WILL STEP DOWN. THIS HAS TO END. ONCE AND FOR ALL
Monday, July 20, 2009
Charlene gave notice to assistant football coach Harrison without notifying or consulting Coach Pough. This is a breach of Coach Pough's contract. If Pough had to let a staff member go, wouldnt it be prudent to discuss this with him? Maybe Harrison, who is one of our best recruiters, would not have been the one Pough chose. More so, why is it that the football team has to lose a staff member, when they are the main team generating revenue? Could it be that Harrison, was let go because of his relation to Brantley? It has been rumored for months that Charlene was looking for a way to get rid of Brantley. Word around town is that he had several good ideas on how to get a health and wellness center built, as well as other things. It is widely known around campus that Charlene will kill any idea that she feels will "make her look bad" because it wasnt hers. Charlene has retired and is on TERI, as are several other athletics department employees. So why is it that harrison and evans were let go as opposed to some of those guys? You keep people who are retired to let young people go? Even if in doing so, you breach the contract of our most successful coach and possibly put us in position for that coach to leave SCSU? She is already well into a plan to push Coach Carter, our mens basketball coach out. Now is she focusing on coach pough? She already hurt him by not requesting the funds for the players to come to summer school this summer, now she is getting rid of coaches just weeks before camp?
Something must be done about this. We have commented on how we need a real athletics director before, but she is really going to far. We are going to lose every coach that is successful if nothing is done. She has run a department deficit for the past 5 years, and it is unexplainable why President Cooper, who we feel is a smart man, would renew her contract. This situation is going to get very messy. Stay tuned.