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Wednesday, July 25, 2007 The Daily Athenaeum Sports ■ 9

NBA commissioner believes betting allegations is an isolated case
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA com- the investigation. referee is considering agreeing to lantic City and Las Vegas and the best advice possible to see Stern also outlined the NBA’s
missioner David Stern said he A subdued Stern said he felt a plea agreement. found no evidence of gambling if there are changes that should process of evaluating the offi-
believed the betting scandal that betrayed on behalf of NBA fans The FBI first contacted the by Donaghy. be made and procedures that ciating of every game, but con-
has rocked the league won’t go in his first public comments NBA on June 20 to talk about a Donaghy wasn’t allowed to of- should be implemented to con- ceded it had been focused more
beyond the allegations against since news of the investigation referee alleged to be gambling ficiate the second round of the tinue to assure fans we’re doing on the quality of referees’ perfor-
the one referee who resigned. broke. on games, and the two sides met 2005 playoffs because of the in- the best we possibly can.” mances than searching for possi-
Stern also called it the “worst Stern said his understanding on June 21, Stern said. Donaghy cident with his neighbor, Stern Stern said league officials ob- ble wrongdoing. That will prob-
situation” he’s experienced in is that Donaghy is being inves- resigned July 9. said. served no inappropriate be- ably change, he said.
his 23 years at the helm. tigated for betting on games, in- “Suffice to say, we would have Authorities are examining havior by Donaghy the last two Donaghy earned $260,000 as
“Mr. Donaghy is the only ref- cluding some he officiated, and liked to have terminated him whether Donaghy made calls seasons. a referee this past season, Stern
eree alleged to have bet on NBA for providing insider information earlier, but our understanding to affect the point spread in Those familiar with the inves- said.
games and disclosed confiden- to others so they could profit by was the investigation would best games on which he or associ- tigation and the law enforcement The league’s background
tial information to others,” Stern betting on games. be aided if we did not terminate ates had wagered thousands of official spoke on condition of an- checks of referees, including fi-
said Tuesday, referring to Tim “The current state of what Mr. Donaghy,” Stern said. dollars during the past two sea- onymity because they weren’t nancial information, didn’t
Donaghy during a packed news we’re dealing with is betting The June call from the FBI was sons, according to a law enforce- authorized to discuss the ongo- turn up anything suspicious on
conference. “I’ll say it again, I and providing information,” not the first time Donaghy faced ment official. The referee had a ing probe. Donaghy, Stern said. However,
understand this is an isolated Stern said. “I don’t know of any gambling allegations. gambling problem and was ap- Stern said league officials had he said the league hasn’t had a
case.” charges yet or any discussions In January 2005, Stern said, proached by low-level mob asso- been following the officiating chance to closely look at all the
The FBI is investigating yet as to fixing of games.” the NBA investigated a dispute ciates through an acquaintance, scandal that rocked a German games Donaghy called because
Donaghy for allegedly betting Stern called it the “worst situ- between Donaghy and a West the official said. soccer league. of the initial need to keep the in-
on games he officiated during ation I’ve every experienced ei- Chester, Pa., neighbor. During “We take our obligation to fans “My reaction is I can’t believe vestigation quiet.
the last two seasons. He is ex- ther as fan of the NBA, a lawyer the investigation, there were in this matter very seriously,” it’s happening to us,” Stern said. “I think we are going to main-
pected to turn himself in at U.S. for the NBA or commissioner of allegations that Donaghy was Stern said. “I can stand here to- Stern said he wasn’t autho- tain the confidence of our fans
District Court in Brooklyn later the NBA.” gambling – not on sports – in At- day and pledge that we will do rized to discuss how Donaghy and regain the confidence of
this week or early next week, ac- Donaghy’s lawyer has in- lantic City. Stern said the league every look back possible to an- bet on games, but he believes it those who are shaken,” Stern
cording to a person familiar with formed the NBA that the former contacted every casino in At- alyze our processes and seek wasn’t through Las Vegas. said.

Same ACC event, new table for N.C. State’s O’Brien
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — who’s running what program best. I have a lot of respect for East to the ACC, compiling a
Tom O’Brien became a regular and how they’re running it,” Tom O’Brien and everything 76-45 record in 10 seasons.
representing Boston College O’Brien said. he did at BC, as well as the op- Now he’s focused on doing it
in recent years at the Atlantic Except, of course, at the BC portunity he presented me. ... again, with an N.C. State team
Coast Conference’s three-day program he left to a rookie head It’s different now that we have that hasn’t won the ACC since
media extravaganza. coach. The team O’Brien left a new staff, and I’m excited to 1979. He says the Wolfpack are
He’s back again this year, but behind was picked to finish sec- work with them.” in a better position to reverse
this time he sat 20 yards away at ond behind Florida State in the New BC coach Jeff Jagodzin- their fortunes, mainly because
a different table. Atlantic Division in the league’s ski sat a few first downs from the he brought six assistants and
After making a rare intra- preseason media poll. man he replaced and praised two strength coaches from Bos-
conference coaching jump, the Meanwhile, his new club the ease with which his play- ton College.
former Eagles coach is settling was selected to finish last ers handled the tricky coach- “Any time you’re 3-9, you’ve
in at division rival North Caro- again. O’Brien, who has never ing switch. got a lot of work to do,” O’Brien
lina State and dodging the dis- coached a cellar-dweller, even “It wasn’t the least bit messy said. “Those kids were embar-
tractions that accompanied his as he played walk-ons while re- at all,” Jagodzinski said. “It was rassed that they were 3-9 and
move. building a Boston College pro- the right time for me to do this. they want to be a much better
“Once we get through this gram ravaged by a mid-1990s It was the right time for BC to football team. They’ve worked
year, it’ll be old hat,” O’Brien gambling scandal. do it, and it was really a good fit extremely hard, and now it’s up
said Monday. His worst career finish in the for everybody involved.” to us to coach them up and get
The winningest coach in BC Big East was fifth, and in two That doesn’t mean there them in the right spots so they
history left Chestnut Hill after seasons coaching the Eagles in won’t be any bitterness from can win.”
a decade there to take over a the Atlantic Division, he never jilted BC fans on Sept. 8 when
Wolfpack program that flaunted finished lower than tied for O’Brien’s first road game with
a lack of discipline and floun- second. the Wolfpack comes at Alumni
dered to a 3-9 finish last season “I think we can win a con- Stadium against the Eagles.
under Chuck Amato. ference title, and if you can do “It’s going to be an exciting
And in a new-look ACC that that, you have a chance to win it day up in Boston,” Ryan said.
features a new high-priced, big- all,” O’Brien said. “That’s where “I’m sure there will be some
name coach (North Carolina’s we’re going to go. We’ve got to boos up there, but I’m sure he
Butch Davis) and a disciplinar- get there.” knows that everybody up there
ian promoted from within (Mi- Naturally, that goal someday has a lot of respect for what he Visit the DA online at
ami’s Randy Shannon), per- will require him to beat his for- did at BC, the winningest coach
haps the most intriguing hire mer program. If O’Brien’s old in the history of the school and
was made by N.C. State, which players harbor any lingering somebody his players have a
wanted a proven winner and feelings of abandonment, they tremendous amount of respect
suddenly has a coach with refused to say so. for.”
a unique perspective on the “Any time there’s a coaching O’Brien already completed
league. change when things are going one turnaround, guiding Bos-
“Having been able to play in well, it is a bit of a surprise to ton College from shame to suc- North Carolina State football coach Tom O’Brien speaks to the media during the
this conference for two years ... players,” BC quarterback Matt cess and then through an awk- ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C., on Monday. O’Brien moved from Boston
you have a pretty good idea of Ryan said. “I wish (O’Brien) the ward transition from the Big College to N.C. State this year.

Selig will try to attend Bonds record-setter
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball setting moment,” Selig said in a drugs, began Tuesday with 753
commissioner Bud Selig will at- statement. homers, two shy of the record.
tempt to attend the game when “Out of respect for the tradi- As recently as last weekend,
Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aar- tion of this game, the magnitude when he watched Bonds and
on’s career home run record, of the record, and the fact that all the San Francisco Giants play in
saying the San Francisco Giants citizens in this country are inno- Milwaukee, Selig had said he re-
star was “innocent until proven cent until proven guilty, I will at- mained undecided. Selig skipped
guilty.” tend Barry Bonds’ next games to Monday’s homestand opener in
“Throughout this season, I observe his potential tying and San Francisco.
have watched Barry Bonds’ pur- breaking of the home run record, The former owner of the Mil-
suit of the home run record. Now subject to my commitments to waukee Brewers, Selig has been
that he is on the verge of tying the Hall of Fame this weekend.” friends for years with Aaron, who
the record, the time has come Bonds, who has been dogged began his career with the Mil-
to announce that I will make ev- for years by suspicions that he waukee Braves and ended it with
ery attempt to attend the record- used performance-enhancing the Brewers.

Steelers’ coach
promoted to
head coach
burgh Steelers defensive line
coach John Mitchell has added
the title of assistant head coach,
a promotion announced as the
team opened training camp
Mitchell has been a Pittsburgh
assistant for 14 seasons – the lon-
gest tenure of any current Steelers
coach, now that running backs
coach Dick Hoak has retired af-
ter 35 years. Mitchell has spent
17 seasons as an NFL assistant
with the Steelers and Browns af-
ter coaching 15 seasons in college
and two in the USFL.
Mitchell, a former defensive
end at Alabama, was the first
black assistant coach to be a de-
fensive coordinator in the South-
eastern Conference when he held
that job at LSU.
“John Mitchell is a very re-
spected coach in this league and
well respected in this organiza-
tion,” Steelers coach Mike Tom-
lin said.
Mitchell succeeds former of-
fensive line coach Russ Grimm
as assistant head coach. Grimm,
formerly the offensive line coach,
left the Steelers after not getting
their head coaching job in Jan-
uary and now has the same job
with the Arizona Cardinals.