May 28, 1997 |
Rod Baker, former UC Irvine basketball coach, is one of four finalists for an assistant coaching position at Rhode Island, a school official said Tuesday. A decision could come today, according to Rhode Island sports information director Mike Ballweg. Former UCLA Coach Jim Harrick was hired as Rhode Island coach in May. Baker said Tuesday he has not had "any substantive" talks with Harrick. Baker, 45, was fired from Irvine after six seasons during which his teams compiled a 52-116 record.
May 6, 1997 |
In an attention-getting move by a publicity-seeking school, Rhode Island signed former UCLA coach Jim Harrick to a three-year contract Monday, ending Harrick's six-month stint in purgatory after he was fired by UCLA for ethical transgressions. Harrick, who was not interviewed for recent openings at other schools despite having led the Bruins to the 1995 national title, said he wanted to move beyond his bitter termination at UCLA by lifting the Rams to prominence.
May 6, 1997 |
Last October, a university president named Robert Carothers became the first person in NCAA history to forfeit a college football game for reasons other than weather or disease. He did so because his team had been fighting at a fraternity house. "This is not about football . . . this is about character," Carothers said at the time. On Monday, that same university president became the first man to give Jim Harrick another job. Oddly enough, he said this was also about character.
April 30, 1997 |
After meetings with Rhode Island officials, the school president, members of the basketball team and even the governor of the state Tuesday, former UCLA coach Jim Harrick could begin serious negotiations as soon as today to take over the Rhode Island program. Though Rhode Island Athletic Director Ron Petro acknowledged that the school has interviewed no other candidates, Petro refused to say if Harrick is the odds-on choice to replace departed coach Al Skinner.
October 26, 1996 |
The oranges and golds of the Northeastern woods shimmer around the lush lawn at the center of the University of Rhode Island. For a few moments this late fall afternoon, it is a campus become a painting, ringed by the shadows of weathered stone buildings, highlighted with windblown leaves. Bells ring from a turn-of-the-century hall, pealing the strains of . . . "My Way"? A couple of students pause, shift their books in their arms and smile. If Robert Carothers heard that song at 5 p.m.
May 6, 1994
Cal State Fullerton freshman basketball player Josh King, a 6-foot-7 forward who was regarded as the team's top young prospect, will transfer to Rhode Island. "We gave him his release a couple of weeks ago and he's decided to go there," Coach Brad Holland said. "He told me he thought he'd like being at a smaller school better. He said he liked playing for me and liked our staff, but he feels this will be better for him and I have to respect that." King averaged 6.7 points and 4.
April 24, 1994 |
The president of the University of Rhode Island has had a change of heart after coming under fire for passing over NOW President Patricia Ireland as commencement speaker. "I don't have anything against Ms. Ireland. She's a fine person, leader of an important national organization," Robert Carothers said. On Thursday, baseball's National League president withdrew as the school's commencement speaker after learning that Ireland had been rejected. Leonard Coleman Jr.