Talk:San Francisco Dons

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Program shut down[edit]

Anyone care to comment on why the basketball program was "briefly shut down" from 1982 to 1985? I seem to remember that there was an NCAA sanction for something (recruiting violation, perhaps?). As I remember the University administration stepped up to the plate -- they were so disappointed that the basketball coaching staff would allow such an irregularity that they eliminated the program instead of continuing under a cloud of impropriety. Anyone have more info on this?

Gaillard being forced out[edit]

I don't believe this is correct. The citation mentions that Gaillard resigned in 1978 while an investigation was underway. The journalist is obviously hinting something unscrupulous was afoot, but the article does not say so explicitly.

To those familiar with the situation at USF and the man who made the decision, Lo Schiavo's action shouldn't have been so surprising. Twice during his tenure, the NCAA had put USF on probation. Coach Bob Gaillard resigned in 1978 while the first NCAA investigation was under way; his successor, Dan Belluomini, was fired in 1980 as the result of an in-house inquiry.[1]

The journalist clearly believes Gaillard's resignation is suspicious, but cannot back it up. Evidence from elsewhere indicates that the timing was a coincidence. Gaillard had already planned on retiring from coaching in 1977, before the NCAA investigation started.

Hardy, who is usually a forward but will move into the middle in Cartwright's absence, almost was not available. Normally less emotional on the court than Chris Evert, Hardy got upset and threatened to quit when Gaillard announced his retirement.[2]

This quote, from Sports Illustrated's 1977-11-28 edition, demonstrates that Gaillard's decision was not related to the NCAA investigation at all. Karl Dickman talk 04:57, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Initial article rating[edit]

This article is substantial but may still missing important content and/or contains some irrelevant material. IAW with the quality scale, this article is rated C, Low. --Morenooso (talk) 05:03, 16 March 2010 (UTC)