It's too bad. I have no confidence in Barta making this hire, but as you say, it was long overdue.
Based on how he handled Looper's contract to this point, I too have no faith in Barta. He may surprise us, but I'd be more inclined to believe that a good hire was more circumstantial than because Gary did anything to make it happen.
How much of Looper being allowed to play out her contract is due to the field hockey lawsuit fiasco?
At first blush it seems (to me) like it would have everything to do with it, AND it ends up making Barta look even more silly because it seems obvious that he's letting it play out, albeit with horrendous outcomes for the softball program.
I didn't break my leg for no shit. -Drake Kulick
Agreed, and the field hockey thing creates an enormous problem here, both in retaining Looper for as long as he did and for hiring her replacement.
Now to wait and see how Barta fubared the firing:
Barta: "Hey Coach Looper. I am bringing you in to inform you that we have made the decision not to renew your contract."
Looper: "I understand. While I tried my best, the program has fallen, and I know the buck stops with me. I appreciate the opportunity you've given me."
Barta: "What? No . . . this has nothing to do with your performance as a coach. We don't let people go for petty things like that. Rather, it has come to my attention that you are a female that I personally find unattractive and, frankly, I suspect that you may be a lesbian."
Looper: "Can you put that in writing?"
Barta: "I don't put anything in writing."
I'm sure I've read Looper is a lesbian.
I read her as a lesbian.
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I hear that the replacement is down to four candidates. Kirk's two daughters, Brian's wife Nikki, and Margaret McCaffree.
Any chance we can get either the Grand View coach or the DMACC coach? Both of them seem to be able to build powerhouses in their respective divisions off of local talent. Talent scouting in Iowa for baseball and softball can be pretty hit or miss because we're one of the few states that plays in the summer in high school. Either of these two coaches knows the lay of the land locally and would probably be able to put together a decent enough roster that we wouldn't totally stink up the place.
ITT: so much Barta angst. Can’t believe he’s still our AD after that FH judgement. What was it, $9M? Good lord.
It could be worse, MSU is paying out $500 million. Part of it will come from tuition of course.
Yes.. At least our brand is not paying out hundreds of millions of dollars for fostering a culture of child molestation. We got that going for us.
This is the bar that our AD is able to clear.
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This was a hot topic on local sports radio today. It was definitely not a pro Barta stance.
Respected coach with established, 10+ year track record of success forced out & replaced after one mediocre season. My first thought was “huh. Sounds a bit like what happened to Dr. Tom Davis.”
The Blevins situation was even worse than Dr. Tom, though. Tom, while enjoying sustained success, was not as successful as Blevins.
At this point, thanks to Barta, the UI is getting side-eye from basically the entire women's sports community. He's overseen the wrecking of what were our two most consistently successful women's teams. It seems painfully obvious that he overreacted to his own fuck-ups re: Blevins and Griesbaum by doing nothing about a very unsuccessful coach whose approach was a terrible fit for Iowa softball until her contract ran out. He's put our university on the legal record as guilty of sexist and homophobic discrimination, complete with a multi-million dollar payout. At this point, not even Barta himself shows any confidence in his ability to make an intelligent decision regarding women's sports, as evidenced by letting Looper run out her contract extension. He appears thoroughly incapable of providing credible leadership in this regard.
Looper wasn't a very successful coach at Iowa, but at least she deserves some credit for knowing when it's time to move on, and resigning instead of making the University fire her. Either Barta and Harreld don't understand this, or they just assume it doesn't apply to big important men such as themselves.
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Just for my own curiosity, how exactly does that work?
An employee's contract has a fixed length. The employer chooses to not renew it. The employer is not "firing" anyone, is it?
With Tom Davis, did he actually resign? I don't remember.
Dr. Tom's contract expired, just like Looper's. Davis was probably 10 times the coach that Looper is, though.
Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' Badgers.