A woman is suing Binghamton University, saying the athletic department tried to use her as a “sexual plaything,” in order to bring in big donors.
It’s the latest in a string of incidents involving the school in recent months.Â At the same time, the basketball team won it’s first America East conference title and qualified for the NCAA tournament.
Coincidence? Let’s see.
The Bearcats recent rosters have included a number of talented players with questionable backgrounds. This includes:
Miladin Kovacevic, a player from Serbia who sparked an international incident by beating a man unconscious in a bar, then fleeing back to his homeland to avoid prosecution.
Theo Davis, a transfer from Gonzaga, who left the Pacific Northwest following a Marijuana arrest
DJ Rivera, who led the conference in scoring and some other categories, but did not recieve even one vote for player of the year, because the rest of the America East coaches didn’t believe he should have been admitted into the school in the first place.
Then there’s this story, which comes from a New York Times article about the mess in Binghamton:
Sally Dear, an adjunct lecturer at Binghamton, said that her experience last semester with three menâ€™s basketball players in her Human Development 304 class had frustrated her to tears. They were a continual nuisance, she said, missing classes and appointments, or arriving late and leaving early. Dear, who has a strict attendance policy, also said Broadus once showed up to check that the players were in class, something that had never happened in her 10 years of teaching.
Dear said she stopped teaching numerous times because of their disruptive behavior. When she caught one player text-messaging during class, she recalled, he said he was receiving a message from his coach.
â€œAll I know is the aptitude and the attitude that are displayed in the classroom,â€ Dear said. â€œI would have preferred to see a more academically prepared and serious student.â€
So, I guess the question is this: You’ve essentially sacrificed your credibility and possibly your good name to become a successful basketball program. And yet, at this point, you’ve succeeded only in becoming a power in America East, one of the weakest conferences in the nation. Is it worth the trouble?