Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Good luck to Tim Whitehead, Congratulations to Steve Abbott


Tim Whitehead is a good guy; let’s just get that out of the way right now. If being a nice guy won hockey championships, Tim Whitehead would have been the best hockey coach Maine ever had. Unfortunately, in college sports (much like in life), nice guys finish last. Today, UMaine athletic director Steve Abbott pulled the trigger on his second firing since taking over the helm from Blake James, sending Whitehead packing after getting enough money from the “Friends of Maine Hockey” to pay his buyout for his final year.

This wasn’t about being a nice guy. Tim Whitehead did not get fired because he was an a-hole (which he wasn’t). He was fired because a once dominant hockey program had begun to deteriorate on his watch. He was far from Ray Handley (who replaced Bill Parcells as coach of the New York Giants), but he was definitely along the same lines as Frank Solich (who replaced Tom Osborne as head coach for Nebraska football) and Pete Carroll (who replaced Bills Parcells as head coach of the Patriots). The farther you got from the end of the golden era, the worse things got.

Recent seasons of lackluster regular season play and a dreadful home record (something completely ridiculous with a home ice advantage at the Alfond) finally wore on a fan base and alumni base who considered losing in the tournament a bad year before 2008. It wasn’t just the record on the ice that sounded the gong for Whitehead. There were the off-ice antics of Scott Darling and the on-ice antics of Joey Diamond. There was the failure to successfully recruit Brian Dumoulin or Jon Gillies, both Mainers, both standout college hockey players, both of whom chose to leave their home state and found success at BC and Providence, respectively. Could you imagine if a Maine kid the quality of Gillies had picked Providence over Maine during the Walsh Era? In the Whitehead Era, it became the status quo.

Tim was always great with the media. Was always great with me and everyone I ever worked with. Wish him well, but don’t feel bad. He gets one year of severance pay and will take over another program somewhere. Tim Whitehead is going to be just fine. The question is: will UMaine be fine?

As much as it’s easy to applaud the change, this is a school that chose homegrown product Cindy Blodgett over Lindsey Gottlieb to be women’s basketball coach. Blodgett went 20-69 in four years. Gottlieb got California to the Women’s Final Four this year. Ostensibly Blodgett had the inside track due to her alumni status. Is having a tie to UMaine a good thing or a bad thing? Is Scott Pellerin or Jim Montgomery a better option than someone who didn’t play here simply because they are a tie to the Walsh era? The Black Bear-shaded glasses can make the magic eight-ball hard to read.

Congratulations to Steve Abbott. He has held the coaches to a higher standard than those before him. Cindy Blodgett and Tim Whitehead both found that out (Ted Woodward should be on deck, but that is a story for another day). He now has to find the right man to right the UMaine ship. When Nebraska fired Frank Solich for Bill Callahan, they downgraded, which is something Maine hockey cannot afford to do. The flagship must not sink.

Friday, February 15, 2013

2013 Maine High School Basketball Tournament Game Links

AUGUSTA

Friday Feb 15th Girls Eastern A Quarterfinals:

- MBR Radio: Mt. Blue vs. Lawrence 7p
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

- MBR Radio, WOXO 92.7 FM, WEZR 1240 AM (L-A): Cony vs. Edward Little 8:30p
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR... select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite


Saturday Feb 16th Boys Western D:
-MBR Radio: Greenville vs. Valley 8:30a
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

-MBR Radio, WOXO 92.7 FM: Richmond vs. Forest Hills 1p
Listen online: click here or click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

Saturday Feb 16th Boys Eastern A:
-MBR Radio: Brunswick vs. Lawrence 4p
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

-MBR Radio, WOXO 92.7 FM, WEZR 1240 A: Messalonskee vs. Edward Little 5:30p
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

-WEZR 1240 AM L/A A: Bangor vs. Lewiston 7:30 p
 Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite


Monday 2-18 Boys Western C:
MBR Radio: Hall-Dale vs. Madison 7:00p
Listen online: click here Listen on Smartphones: Download the Tunein Radio app, Search MBR.. select Central Maine channel. lock it in as a favorite

Friday, October 26, 2012

MSM: 10-26 AND 10-27 MAINE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS BROADCAST LISTINGS

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
FRIDAY
19:00 CONY at OXFORD HILLS - WOXO Norway 92.7 FM, MBRRadio.com
19:00 MOUNTAIN VALLEY at YORK - WTBM Mexico 100.7 FM
19:00 SANFORD at SCARBOROUGH - MBRRadio.com
19:00 MESSALONSKEE at LAWRENCE - MBRRadio.com
19:00 MDI at MOUNT BLUE - WDEA Ellsworth 1370 AM, am1370wdea.com
19:00 WASHINGTON ACAD at JOHN BAPST - WZON Bangor 620 AM; zoneradio.com
19:00 BREWER at GARDINER - kjonline.com/sports
19:00 WELLS at GREELY - pressherald.com/sports

SATURDAY
12:30 LISBON at OAK HILL - MBRRadio.com, Tunein App MBR Southern Maine
13:00 EL at LEWISTON - MBRRadio.com, WEZR AM 1240
13:30 YARMOUTH at WINSLOW - MBRRadio.com, TuneIn App MBR Central Maine
13:30 KENNEBUNK at THORNTON ACADEMY - pressherald.com/sports

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
13:30 CARIBOU at ELLSWORTH (Boys) - Ellsworth 1370 AM, am1370wdea.com
12:00 MT. BLUE at BANGOR (Girls) - WZON Bangor 620 AM, zoneradio.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

10-23-2012: Listings

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
20:00 ARKANSAS STATE at LA.-LAFAYETTE - ESPN2

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
20:00 WELLS vs. YORK (tape delay)-Time Warner Cable Bangor Ch. 12, Statewide Ch. 9

GOLF
16:00 PGA of America, Grand Slam of Golf- TNT

GIRLS SOCCER
15:00 ELLSWORTH at CAMDEN - WDEA Ellsworth 1370 AM, am1370wdea.com
18:00 MT. ARARAT at BANGOR - WZON Bangor 620 AM, zoneradio.com

SOCCER - WOMEN
19:30 U.S. vs. GERMANY - NBCSN

Monday, October 22, 2012

MSM: 10-22-2012 Listings

MLB
19:30 NLCS ST. LOUIS at SAN FRANCISCO - FOX

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
20:00 LEAVITT vs. GARDINER - (tape), Time Warner Cable Access-TV Bangor Ch. 12, Statewide Ch. 9

NFL
20:00 DETROIT at CHICAGO - ESPN; WOXO Norway-Mexico 92.7 and 100.7 WZON Bangor 620 AM, WZAN Portland 970 AM

Friday, October 19, 2012

MSM: 10-19-2012 Listings (Updated with weather)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
19:00 OXFORD HILLS at EL - WOXO 92.7 FM, MBRRadio.com, TuneIn App "WOXO"
19:00 MESSALONSKEE at BANGOR - WZON Bangor 620 AM radio, zoneradio.com
19:00 OLD TOWN at MDI - WDEA Ellsworth 1370 AM, am1370wdea.com
19:00 LEAVITT at GARDINER - kjonline.com/sports

COLLEGE HOCKEY
19:00 ST. LAWRENCE at MAINE - WABI Bangor, WPME Portland; Radio: WKSQ Bangor 94.5 FM, WAEI Bangor 910 AM, WIGY Skowhegan 97.5 FM, WSYY Millinocket 1240 AM, WRKD Rockland 1450 AM, WFAU Augusta 1280 AM, WLOB Port-land 1310 AM radio; GoBlackBears.com

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