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July 3, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ and LISA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Comparing his new post to hitting the jackpot, Jim Keating was introduced Wednesday as men's basketball coach at Ventura College. "If I were asked which I'd like to win, the California lottery or become the head coach at Ventura, I'd say I got what I wanted," Keating said. "This is what coaches live for." Keating, coach at Shasta College the past 10 seasons, was hired Tuesday night to replace Virgil Watson, whose contract was not renewed after last school year.
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August 14, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After days spent soul-searching in seclusion, Jim Keating finally emerged with a much-anticipated announcement: He will not coach men's basketball at Ventura College. Keating, 41, who made a verbal commitment July 2 to coach the Pirates after 10 seasons as men's coach at Shasta College in Redding, Calif., said Wednesday he had reconsidered and will remain at Shasta as a physical education instructor.
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August 14, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After days spent soul-searching in seclusion, Jim Keating finally emerged with a much-anticipated announcement: He will not coach men's basketball at Ventura College. Keating, 41, who made a verbal commitment July 2 to coach the Pirates after 10 seasons as men's coach at Shasta College in Redding, Calif., said Wednesday he had reconsidered and will remain at Shasta as a physical education instructor.
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July 3, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ and LISA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Comparing his new post to hitting the jackpot, Jim Keating was introduced Wednesday as men's basketball coach at Ventura College. "If I were asked which I'd like to win, the California lottery or become the head coach at Ventura, I'd say I got what I wanted," Keating said. "This is what coaches live for." Keating, coach at Shasta College the past 10 seasons, was hired Tuesday night to replace Virgil Watson, whose contract was not renewed after last school year.
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March 26, 1997 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
In the first large-scale analysis of polluted sediment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named 96 areas on the bottom of the nation's oceans and rivers as severe threats to marine life or people.
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August 27, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investigation into the Ventura College men's basketball program by the Ventura County district attorney's office has revealed no evidence of misappropriation of funds, the office announced Tuesday. A statement issued by District Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said the investigation was limited to potential criminal conduct. The conclusion does not impact an investigation of the program launched in March by the Ventura Community College District. The district has not announced its findings.
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October 9, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The troubled Ventura College men's basketball program will be stripped of two Western State Conference titles--and possibly a state title--and be placed on two years' probation for violating state rules, Ventura administrators said Wednesday. WSC officials on Wednesday unanimously approved sanctions against Ventura that jeopardize the Pirates' 1996 state championship and bar the team from postseason play in 1998 and '99, said Dick James, Ventura's athletic coordinator. "I'm shocked," James said.
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July 3, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
While Jim Keating celebrates his hiring Tuesday as the Ventura College men's basketball coach, his predecessor can hardly get a job interview. Virgil Watson, whose contract was not renewed to teach or coach at Ventura next school year, is looking for employment without much luck. "I've applied for different jobs," Watson said. "I haven't even gotten interviews. . . . That's part of the whole character assassination [that took place]." Ventura fired Watson for supposedly being a poor teacher.
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November 7, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura College men's basketball program remains alive--for now, at least--and its players are kicking. After an impassioned closed-door meeting Thursday in which more than a dozen players argued vehemently among themselves whether to play or sit out the season, administrators delayed a decision whether to suspend the program for one year.
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