Bobby Gone-zoMarch 17, 2010
A day after losing to Texas Tech in the first-round of the NIT, Seton Hall fired head coach Bobby Gonzalez Wednesday afternoon. The pink slip wasn’t given based on the teams play, however, as the Dean noted that “conduct detrimental to the school” was the main reason for the firing.
“Performance and success are not measured solely by wins and losses, but also in the conduct of those associated with the program,” said Patrick Hobbs, the Law School Dean, and overseer of the athletics program.
“We have expectations as to how our coaches and players will conduct themselves, and they are expected to treat everyone they interact with, whether officials, the press or our students with the utmost respect, maturity and professionalism. Those core expectations must be met.”
Gonzalez had a 69-56 record at the ‘Hall, after succeeding as head coach of the Manhattan Jaspers in the MAAC Conference. But Bobby was often criticized for his attacks on officials and lack of discipline with his players. Gonzalez received his 7th technical foul during the Texas Tech game, and his star forward Herb Pope was ejected from the game after punching an opponent twice in the groin. Earlier in the year against St. John’s, Pope also punched Malik Boothe in the groin, but luckily was allowed to stay in the game.
Just a few days ago, ‘Gonzo dismissed Robert Mitchell for criticizing the coaching staff after a loss.
Yesterday, Mitchell was arrested for burglary, kidnapping, and possession of a weapon. He apparently duct-taped eight people and stole cash and personal items.
A day after Rutgers said they will retain Fred Hill as their coach, Seton Hall will now be competing with St. John’s for a head coach, provided that Norm Roberts is fired. On paper, St. John’s is a much better job than the ‘Hall due to its location and luxury of playing in Madison Square Garden. Nonetheless, Seton Hall may be willing to pay more for an elite coach than the Johnnies and cash will make any job more attractive.
A new potential candidate for either job could be Bob Knight, after his son said yesterday that the 69 year-old is interested in coaching again.