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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- Another Golden Gopher parachute Tubby is gone, but don't feel too sorry for him leaving, as he will reportedly receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5 million to disappear. That's 2.5 million for the remainder of his contract, plus $150,000 bonus for winning the first round of the NCAA tourna- ment, and severance pay. Once again the "U" has fig- ured out a way to add another big expense to their athletic budget, by firing Tubby Smith with two years left on his contract. Oh by the way last year's newly hired AD Norwood Teague was the one who gave Tubby a two year exten- sion on his contract after Tubby took his team to the finals of the NIT (Not Invited Tournament). Probably a big factor of his getting the axe was his inability to motivate his squads to perform well in the Big 10 or 12, or what- ever it is now. His Big Ten record in six seasons was just 26-42. That includes four years of losing records in the conference. His overall record was much better at 124-81. As a straight shooter, Tubby was aces as a person, I think he was one of the most likable coach- es the "U" has ever had. As a recruiter, times have changed, I can't imagine Tubby being able to relate to young high school ath- letes that are the same age as his grandkids. But I feel Tubby left the program in better shape than he found it. But these days with the glitz and glamour of big time college basketball, and tons of money coming into athletic pro- grams from huge television con- tracts, it is a whole different game. Of course there has been a lot of post firing speculation that the Gophers would go after VC's Shaka Smart or possibly Flip Saunders. But Smart received an eight year contract extension, so he is out. Flip on the other hand would be a popular choice, but as a former pro coach, I can't imag- ine him playing nursemaid to a bunch of elite high school super stars, so I don't see that happen- ing. I really can't see where the "U" can attract a top NCAA coaching prospect to come to Minnesota, the state where coach- es come to die career wise. How did we get to this point where college coaches are paid salaries ten times higher than the Chief Executive Official of the state! To make matters worse we pay them a ton of money to leave when things don't work out. What ever happened to the idea of giving contracts that allow college coaches to earn big money only if their teams perform well, but nothing if they perform bad? Well for one thing coaches are professionals, they make their liv- ing by coaching. Ever since the first professional athlete hired an agent to negotiate their contract, things have never been the same. Of course just about any high ranking person working under a negotiated contract will receive similar Golden Parachutes when they fail. It is unfortunate that the rest of the millions of hard working people don't have anything close to what these privileged people get when they fail to do the job. For most of the working people, if you screw up bad enough, it's out the door and don't let it hit you in the rear end when you leave. Not only that there are millions of people that work their entire lives and when they retire receive nothing in the way of a pension. But I guess that's life -- but for Tubby and folks like him, I will play a sad song on the tiniest violin in the world. On the other hand if you bleed even a little maroon and gold you have to won- der if it wouldn't have been better to let Tubby complete his contract. Who knows next year might have been different, and I might win the Power Ball! As a basically loyal Minnesota fan I am used to sup- porting the losers in our society. Have a great week and do good! ! ,i "Stories from the BaH Cave" Holey Buckets! A neighbor came over to do some knitting with my wife and friends. Their knitting is wonderful, but the ladies are more than willing to point out any flaws. Their knitting is perfectly imper- fect. I greeted our visitor. She said that she couldn't wait for winter to end. I agreed. I love winter, but if you love something, sometimes you have to let it go. The last storm was the straw that broke the cam- el's back for her. She added that when the snow was falling at its heaviest, the wind was howling like a hurricane, and the temperature had dropped so far that it bent the nail holding the thermometer; her husband did nothing but stare through the kitchen window. She concluded, "He looked so pitiful, I almost let him in the house." Her youngest son was a legend at New Richland-Hartland- Ellendale-Geneva-Bath-Otisco- Matawan-Summit-Cooleyville- Berlin-Hpe'Trentn-Summit- Lemond-Vista-Freeborn- Manchester-Clarks Grove- Hollandale-Waldorf-Beaver Lake- St. Olaf-Mule Lake Elementary. The home of the fighting Alphabets. His kindergarten teacher was helping him put on his boots one wintry day. He had asked for help and his teacher found out why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the boots refused to go on. She was determined. That was one of the traits that made her a good educator. She worked as hard as if she were paying for a gym mem- bership. By the time the second boot went on, she was glistening. That's practically sweating. She nearly cried when the little boy said, "They're on the wrong feet." They were. It was just as hard pull- ing the boots off as it was putting them on. The teacher gritted her teeth and worked to get the boots back on. She checked, double- checked, and triple-checked to make sure the boots were on the fight feet. Finally, the boots were in place. The boy pointed toward his feet and declared, "Those aren't my boots." The teacher felt as if some- one had knocked the wind out of her. She bit her tongue to keep from screaming, "why didn't you say so?" She reminded herself that good teachers didn't scream. Once more, she struggled to pull the incredibly tight boots off the little feet. They came off even harder than the last time. She hoped she wouldn't succumb to exhaustion before she got the boy on the bus. She had just gotten the b0ots~0ff when he said, "They're mybr0th, er's boots. My mom made me wear them." The teacher didn't know whether she should weep or howl like a banshee, but she mustered enough grace and courage to wres- tle the boots back onto his feet. She felt as if she had brawled with a bear, but she had the boots on again. As she helped him get into his coat, she asked wearily, "Now, where are your mittens?" The boy smiled and replied, "I stuffed them into the toes of my boots so I wouldn't lose them." The boy had his flaws. We all do. He reminded me of another boy, one who lived near Mule Lake when that area was first settled in the 1800s. One of his first jobs was to carry two buckets, hung on opposite ends of a pole that he car- ded across the back of his neck, from his family's cabin to the well a long distance away. One of the buckets had a hole in it. By the time he returned to the cabin, one bucket remained full of water, while the bucket with the hole in it was only half-full. It was a long walk and the uneven weights wore on his neck, but the boy never complained or asked his father to repair the leaky bucket. This went on for several years, with the boy delivering only one and one-half buckets of water at a time to his home. Then one day, his younger broth- er became old enough to assume the job of hauling water. He per- formed the task only one day before bitterly complaining to his elder sibling about the hole in the bucket. He felt that his hard work was wasted and accused his brother of the same thing~ ~aid about Benedict Arnold. His wiser older brother said, "The next time you walk the path between the house and the well, notice the beautiful flowers. Those flowers grow on only one side of the path. The side where the leaky bucket was carried. Every day you carry water, you water the flowers." The beautiful flowers were there because of the bucket's flaw. Each of us is flawed. That's where beauty comes from. 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