4.5.15

SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT.

Now that the winter sports tournaments are finished, the athletic boards and athletic directors are considering contract extensions.  At Wisconsin, women's basketball and men's hockey haven't been achieving the way their binary counterparts have.  Thus current women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey is approaching lame-duck status.
UW hasn’t qualified for either the NCAA or WNIT under Kelsey. The Badgers last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2009-’10, the next-to-last season for Lisa Stone.

“As you go along you want to see improvement,” [athletic director Barry] Alvarez said. “I don’t think we saw enough improvement where she was satisfied or we were satisfied. She wasn’t happy with her season and the results…

“I want to see improvement. I want to see us more competitive than we have been. We have injuries every year…

“Good coaches, they get answers. You need to find answers. We need to get those things rectified.”
Ms Kelsey's current contract is good until May, 2019, offering an opportunity to develop a tournament-caliber recruiting class or two within her time horizon.  Teams that recruit against Wisconsin will be advising high school sophomores at the summer camps of the possibility that the coach recruiting them will not be coaching them ...

At Northern Illinois, women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett resigned. "Bennett had signed a contract extension through the 2017 season, according to an Aug. 22, 2012, Athletics news release." Neither the former coach nor the athletics department are saying anything.  A columnist for the Northern Star would like someone in authority to explain.
If Bennett resigned because of health or family reasons, then the Athletic Department should be able to cite her resignation as “personal reasons.” If she was forced to resign because of her 12-17 record this past season it would be reasonable to assume that her resignation would have come within a few days to a week of the season’s end.

There has to be some other reason why Bennett suddenly “resigned.” For how passionate Bennett was about basketball and how much she gave to the university as the women’s basketball head coach, not only did she deserve to have the resignation handled better publicly by the Athletic Department but her players and the fans deserve to know what happened.
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