Post by Bornthrilla on Nov 18, 2004 17:18:45 GMT -5
Normally, folks who have done a somewhat adequate job get some sort of kudos added to the standard pink slip announcement. Oh, something like "We appreciate his hard work and dedication" or "his loyalty to the university family" or even the kiss of death- "this is one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make." You saw nothing of the sort come from the Chancellor, the A&T public relations office, the SID, or any other official within the administration. None of the warm fuzzies like “he was a great guy”, “well-liked”, “wonderful personality”, “wish him luck”, or any of the other stuff you hear most every time someone is let go. All of that was missing last week and while not being a detective, I can deduce the obvious tone by not reading between the lines, per se, but the lines themselves.
Speaking of kind words after a termination, this is what ECU's chancellor had to say after he fired the head coach there:
"We appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that Coach Thompson brought to East Carolina. There has never been any question about his desire to build a winning program. We wish him well."
"Coach Thompson has made valuable contributions to East Carolina University and to our community. He has represented East Carolina well, and he has been an unabashed booster of the program. The community has benefited greatly from the involvement of student-athletes that Coach Thompson has encouraged," Ballard said.
"His career includes a number of noteworthy achievements, and it has been a personal pleasure to get to know John and Charleen."
On the other hand, Renick just told Davis to kick rocks.