[Vision2020] Fwd: [Vandal]Tormey's recruits
Mark and Julie Miller
mjmiller at moscow.com
Tue Aug 10 11:24:58 PDT 2004
This is just like Ault to blame someone else. He's just looking for a
scapegoat for a program that has been his responsibility for many years. I
always thought that it was a mistake for Chris to take that job in the first
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Subject: [Vision2020] Fwd: [Vandal]Tormey's recruits
> This just in concerning former Nevada Head Coach Chris Tormey.
> Tom Hansen
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> > To: vandal at uidaho.edu
> > From: Scott Dredge <sdredge at juniper.net>
> > Subject: [Vandal]Tormey's recruits
> > Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 10:44:10 -0700 (PDT)
> > -----
> > UW coach blamed in scandal at University of Nevada
> > 01:32 PM PDT on Monday, August 9, 2004
> > Associated Press
> > UW
> > Chris Tormey
> > RENO, Nev. - UW assistant head coach Chris Tormey is
> > coming under fire following a scandal at his former
> > school, the University of Nevada.
> > Nevada begins practice Monday under new leadership and
> > a dark cloud after the arrests of nine Wolf Pack
> > football players on felony charges over the last 1 1/2
> > years.
> > Coach Chris Ault expressed shock and anger after the
> > latest arrest, and questioned the recruiting practices
> > of former coach Tormey.
> > Sophomore cornerback Rodney Landingham was arrested
> > Thursday on suspicion of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in
> > Reno. Police said he later admitted to three other
> > armed robberies in Reno this summer.
> > On July 30, junior defensive end Brenton Kendrick and
> > sophomore cornerback Steven Murphy were arrested on
> > multiple drug charges in downtown Reno.
> > "I think these incidents of the last week make it very
> > clear why our program is in the fragile and
> > unrespected position it is today," said Ault, who was
> > hired for his third tour as head coach in December.
> > "Looking at this last (string of arrests), coupled
> > with some things prior, I feel the moral fiber of this
> > football program was in perception only," he added.
> > The cases date back to early last year when wide
> > receiver Gary Snyder was arrested on suspicion of
> > sexual assault and defensive end Craig Bailey was
> > booked on battery charges.
> > Late last year, running backs Joe Bwire and B.J.
> > Mitchell and cornerback Chris Handy were indicted on
> > battery charges stemming from a June fight near
> > campus.
> > And in April, special teams player Randy Landingham
> > was indicted on burglary and obtaining money under
> > false pretenses charges in a forged check scheme. He's
> > Rodney Landingham's twin brother.
> > Ault said all nine players were recruited by Tormey,
> > who posted a 16-31 record in four years at Nevada,
> > including 6-6 last season. Tormey was hired and fired
> > by Ault, former athletic director.
> > "These are not the type of players I want associated
> > with our program," Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
> > "You certainly have to question the type of players
> > who have been recruited here in the past.
> > "College kids do dumb college things like fraternity
> > parties and that stuff. But these are criminal acts.
> > Getting rid of this kind of cancer is a tough thing,
> > but you have to do it," he added.
> > Tormey and Washington Athletic Department spokesman
> > Jim Daves did not immediately return phone calls.
> > Nevada assistant coach Jim Mastro, who was recruiting
> > coordinator under Tormey and holds the same position
> > under Ault, said it's the head coach's responsibility
> > to decide which players to recruit.
> > "The difference is that Coach Ault clearly defines
> > what kind of player he wants in the program," Mastro
> > said. "A lot of these kids we're having trouble with
> > now, under Coach Ault, they would have never made it
> > to the front door of campus."
> > Ault said future recruits would undergo more scrutiny.
> > "We are going to take all of the precautions and check
> > character," he said. "This is paramount with me. If
> > there is anything there with an asterisk, we don't
> > need to be recruiting them.
> > "I had my problems in the past and I will have my
> > problems. But they will be college problems, not this
> > kind of stuff," he said.
> > In an interview with Reno station KRNV-TV, Rodney
> > Landingham admitted to the Wells Fargo robbery and
> > three other armed robberies in Reno this summer.
> > He said a gambling habit left him in debt and he hopes
> > a judge will go easy on him.
> > "I tried to do it the right way, but the world
> > revolves around money, and it (robberies) was my only
> > option ... It would've been worth it if I hadn't
> > gotten caught," Landingham said.
> > Landingham, 21, played the 2002 season at Oregon State
> > and was forced to sit out the 2003 season under NCAA
> > rules after transferring to Nevada.
> > Under Nevada rules, players accused of felonies are
> > immediately dismissed from the team.
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