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Published: Sat, April 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YSU

Basketball program needs cash for better salaries

Fanfare:

This is not an indictment or criticism of Youngstown State University athletic director Ron Strollo. The following are college basketball facts of life.

According to a UW-Milwaukee assistant men's basketball coach I spoke with, their budget is $750,000 more than YSU's.

Their former head coach Bruce Pearl was paid $270,000-300,000 this past season. His assistants were paid $130,000 or more.

John Robic, YSU's former coach made $100,000 in his sixth and final year. Our head coach was paid less than assistant coaches at other schools in our league.

During Robic's tenure, he had numerous opportunities to hire individuals who possessed the innate expertise to recruit men.

In Detroit, Philly, etc. these individuals were worth a minimum starting salary of $125,000 plus, and unfortunately, Coach Robic (for lack of funds), was unable to employ them.

Coach Robic, his staff and players were phenomenal this past season vis- & agrave;-vis their work ethic, dedication, determination and desire to succeed!

However, we are in a real basketball league (6-foot-5-inch guards, 230 pounds, quick, muscular, defend and shoot), and in a real league, it takes real money to compete and to have the possibility of winning.

Even if God is hired as the new men's head basketball coach at YSU, without an influx of significant money ($1 million per year for a minimum of five years), we will continue to lose and lose often.

The last 23 years of men's basketball as YSU (noting a few exceptions), have been challenging for myself and other loyal, die-hard fans. Therefore, search committee, while you are seeking a new head coach, please locate an abandoned vault of gold bars.

Rick Berger

Boardman




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