To the editor: The firing of Coach Gregg Brandon this past Saturday came as a total shock to many of us in northwest Ohio and yes, even across the country. How could a university release a coach of high stature and compassion, who boasts an overall record of 44-30 and 31-17 in the Mid-American Conference? The answer lies in two words – Greg Christopher.
As a major contributor to Falcon football since Coach Urban Meyer, my wife and I have been very involved in the daily progress and setbacks this program has gone through and the progressions have outnumbered the setbacks.
Christopher would like the public to believe it’s due to off-the-field problems (sounds like bad choices of student athletes – coaches coach and cannot hold the hand of players 24/7). Attendance problems? (Sounds like marketing personnel duties, not one of a head coach). And finally academic issues. (This definitely falls on the shoulders of Mark Shook for not doing his job adequately enough.)_ My wife and I have attended hundreds of practices and at the end of each and every one, Coach Brandon would stress hitting the books, attending classes, going to study groups that are set up for those having difficulties, and keeping your nose clean and out of trouble. With this in mind, it certainly looks like the A.D. is blowing smoke up all of your you-know-whats.
Further evidence that Christopher cannot be trusted stems from a meeting held June 6, 2008, where major contributors were invited by Coach Brandon to attend a breakfast to discuss an Enhancement Program dealing with player recognition rewards, with the main focus being the development of a players’ lounge for the team, which was to be completed at the start of the season. As the meeting progressed, Christopher barged in the room and after a while, stated that a percentage of monies that were going to be contributed to the lounge would be given to other sports or we had to contribute more money to satisfy his needs because he felt the football team did not need such lavish items. To this day, the players’ lounge is not completed (I’m sure he has an excuse for that also) – which is only six months late.
As a final bit of misfortune for Coach Brandon, Dr. Sidney Ribeau left as president and Christopher took full advantage of his absence to move on Coach Brandon’s dismissal.
With all of this in mind, my wife and I (after completing pledge monies) will no longer support any athletic endeavors at BGSU and ask other supporters, fans and alumni to boycott all revenue-raising sport activities until the university cleans its dirty house with the removal of Christopher and return integrity, honesty and class as we had with the previous athletic director. We must restore respectability to our beloved university.
Mark and Lois Brecklen