The Golden Bear men's team is having a fine year, but won't participate in postseason games. The reason: the school sought a return to NCAA Division II status in the offseason and was ruled ineligible for postseason play by the NAIA. Games also don't count in its conference (the Mid-South) standings. Basically, the NAIA and Mid-South are calling Tech's season a mirage.
The players, though, know it is not a mirage. Senior Josh Proctor told the Gazette's Rick Ryan the team remains motivated by setting its "own goals" and has kept an unofficial count on games against Mid-South opponents. A celebration is forthcoming if the count indicates they'd have won a league title if eligible.
"Our [athletic director Frank Pergolizzi] said he'd get us some rings if we win the conference," Proctor said.
Good for Pergolizzi. Good for the Golden Bears. And raspberries to those who ruled the team ineligible and, especially, the yahoos who decided it best to pull Tech out of the West Virginia Conference way back when. I shall never understand that decision.
A bow of the head for the passing of longtime UPI state sports editor Dan Hose.
Hose was a true gentleman who remained such even within these brash, look-at-me times. He not only covered state sports, but also helped with the staging of them. After retiring, for instance, he would shepherd players and coaches to postgame press conferences at the state basketball tournaments and introduce them to the media.
He was a true southern gentleman in southern West Virginia, and he'll certainly be missed.
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