Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thirer out as AD at Binghamton

After the fallout that has taken place at Binghamton over the past week with six men's basketball players being kicked off the team, you almost expected what happened Wednesday to occur.

Athletic Director Joel Thirer resigned on Wednesday.

This all started a week ago, when former Troy High star Emanuel 'Tiki' Mayben was arrested in his hometown on drug charges.

Five more players were then kicked off of the team two days later.

"I am very proud of my 21 years of service to Binghamton University at the opportunities that I've had to provide leadership for intercollegiate athletics and the other programs under my charge," said Thirer in a statement.

Thirer said he'll remain a tenured professor, but Jim Norris, an associate athletic director, will take over as interim athletic director.

Also in that statement, Binghamton President Lois DeFleur said she has directed men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus to provide her with a recruitment and supervision plan for the basketball team.

She added that an external consultant will audit the athletic program to make sure it complies with America East and NCAA policies and procedures.

You have to wonder if winning the school's first America East basketball tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament was worth all of this.

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