Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guest commentary: Farias, Brincklow treated unfairly

Guest commentary: Farias, Brincklow treated unfairly

Good morning my gorilla's.  Happy Tuessday, big vote down in the south for the GOP today.  Also the Fed meets at 2:15 to annouce their decision on IR's, and as always we will look to their statement, please end bond buying!  And on to other news.  of course this article ties right into our documentary re; legendary coach Bob Farias. 

uick google shows stories like this fanning out acorss America.  We intent to make a strong country argument to this lack of due process.  The coach was never granted due process, complaining parents won, and this is not a lesson we want people to experience.  It's wrong, and the kicker has to be attacking the man at his weakest, in the aftermath of the tragic passing of a legend, Matty Langone.  Thankfully there our still a couple son's of Liberty out there.  And from what I know of these mentined parties in this article, they are cold around the heart.

By Jim Baker

Lexington Minuteman

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Lexington — The outrage of the sports year at Lexington High School is the absurd act of principal Natalie Cohen and first-year athletic director Naomi Martin slam-dunking two excellent veteran basketball coaches, Hall of Famer Bob Farias and long-time assistant Tom Brincklow.

Though no formal announcement has yet been made about this and other major changes, both veteran coaches are out despite tremendous success with the boys' hoop program. Meanwhile, the administrative firm of Cohen and Martin are busy stonewalling those with the nerve to inquire why Farias and later Brincklow would be jettisoned in favor of Reginald Hobbs, a biology teacher at the school who reportedly coached at Tufts University.

This stunning story has rightly inflamed parents, ex-players and all those familiar with the significant deeds of Farias, who notched 567 victories and 18 Middlesex League titles in 34 years as head coach, and Brincklow, who starred and coached at Lexington for a combined 25 years.

After I learned of the Farias upheavel, I appeared before the Lexington School Committee and told Superintendent Paul Ash and members how outrageous the move is, with the timing particularly galling following the tragic death of Farias' grandson, Matty, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The move to drop Farias seems a clear case of kicking a man while he's down. But during my th

Silence was hardly golden that evening.

Then word came that Brincklow, who clearly deserved the head job, was passed over for Hobbs. Brincklow, who has done outstanding work with the LABBB program here, was understandably crushed. He had rejected many possible positions, including at least one in his current hometown of Norwood, to remain at Lexington and perhaps soon be promoted to head coach when Farias retired.

Farias stayed silent, hoping Brincklow would get the nod, but it never came.  I've since dashed off letters to Martin and Cohen plus other officials in the community and media personnel.  While calling the fortunes of the two-time Lexington MIAA champion softball team on LexMedia, I tried twice to ask Martin what happened with Farias. She refused to address the matter. I similarly tried twice to talk with Cohen, once visiting her office. She was "busy."

Early this week, I got Cohen on the phone. 

I chose the occasion to question her about Farias and Brincklow. But she insisted she could not comment, which I interpret as a good way to hide. And Martin is "unavailable for comment," as the saying goes.

Just beautiful, isn't it?

Cohen stated she did not want to be "unfair" to the coaches, thus her silence.

When I asked how she had been "fair" to Farias and Brincklow, there was more silence.

So much for accountability.

Margaret Coppe, chairing the School Committee, explained that since the early 1990s, school committees cannot act on personnel decisions. But I told the committee that night, "You can make recommendations. You are human."

Again, silence.

The best commentary thus far on the Farias-Brincklow outrage came in the Minuteman on July 1 from 2008 Lexington High graduate Mark MacDonald, an ex-player who praised both coaches for teaching him to be accountable and "above all, be an honest and caring person."

He stressed: "After the heartbreaking end to Coach Farrias' time in Lexington, I believed no one deserved the job more than Brincklow."

MacDonald is correct. But try to tell Martin and her principal that. Their sorry moves have upset many and cost Lexington High a tradition of good will that the coaches they have turned aside spent years in building. Farias and Brincklow are two of the finest coaches I have encountered in 40-plus years of covering professional, collegiate and high school sports around Buffalo and Boston.

To put it mildly, they surely do not deserve to be treated as Martin and Cohen have treated them.

But then, who wants to put this mildly?

Jim Baker is a Lexington resident and a former reporter and columnist with the Buffalo Courier-Express and Boston Herald, plus the author of five books.


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