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August 28, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The perennially powerful Ventura College men's basketball program will likely be stripped of its 1996 state championship as the result of an investigation that accuses former coach Virgil Watson of breaking a litany of state rules--including providing players with money.
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December 24, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ventura County Community College District announced Tuesday it will pay former men's basketball coach Virgil Watson $70,000 rather than fight a costly legal battle over his firing. "The parties each desire to avoid the expense, time and risks involved with litigation and to settle, once and forever," stated the settlement agreement between Watson and the district. District officials, who have refused in the past to comment on the case, declined to discuss the settlement.
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March 20, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 100 students were drawn to the Ventura College quad during their lunch hour Wednesday by a rally to stop racism and demand that ousted men's basketball coach Virgil Watson be reinstated. "Something is wrong here," said rally organizer Louis Bryant, a 10-year sponsor and supporter of Ventura College basketball who is known on campus as "Super Fan." "There's a hidden agenda . . . it's racism. The only way justice is going to be served is if Virgil is rehired."
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August 28, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The perennially powerful Ventura College men's basketball program will likely be stripped of its 1996 state championship as the result of an investigation that accuses former coach Virgil Watson of breaking a litany of state rules--including providing players with money.
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March 8, 1997
Virgil Watson, Ventura College men's basketball coach for two seasons, said Friday his teaching and coaching status for the 1997-98 school year is up in the air. Watson is in his first school year as a full-time teacher at Ventura after being hired on an interim basis when former Coach Phil Mathews resigned in July, 1995, to take over the men's program at the University of San Francisco. The school must notify Watson by March 15 whether he'll be retained.
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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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March 12, 1997 | STEVE HENSON and DAWN HOBBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A grueling, raucous three-hour meeting of the Ventura College Community College District trustees Tuesday night ended with Virgil Watson losing his job as coach of the powerhouse Ventura College men's basketball team. District chancellor Phil Westin read through a list of 17 reasons Watson should not be retained as supporters of the coach crowded into the room and stood in the hallway.
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March 27, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
Around the horn. . . . Let the legal slugfest begin. Virgil Watson has fired his first official salvo after being told he won't be rehired next school year to teach or coach at Ventura College. Actually, the American Federation of Teachers pulled the trigger on Watson's behalf. The union, which represents community college teachers, Tuesday filed a grievance with the Ventura Community College District, claiming that the district violated Watson's review and evaluation process.
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June 28, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cuesta College Coach Rusty Blair and Columbia College Coach Glen Hefferman are the front-runners among 12 candidates vying to become the next Ventura College men's basketball coach, sources said Friday. Among the candidates being interviewed this weekend is Chaffey Coach George Tarkanian, son of Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Ventura job became available in March when the school decided not to renew the contract of former Coach Virgil Watson.
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December 20, 1985 | DEREK RASER, Times Staff Writer
Some members of the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team last year felt that they were too highly strung when they lost to Portland State in the NCAA Division II final. The team lost a rematch this season in the Division II championship, again to Portland State, but the team had at least loosened up. Three hours before the game in Portland, two players asked CSUN Coach Walt Ker if he would come to their room. The two said they "needed to talk to him."
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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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June 28, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cuesta College Coach Rusty Blair and Columbia College Coach Glen Hefferman are the front-runners among 12 candidates vying to become the next Ventura College men's basketball coach, sources said Friday. Among the candidates being interviewed this weekend is Chaffey Coach George Tarkanian, son of Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Ventura job became available in March when the school decided not to renew the contract of former Coach Virgil Watson.
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March 27, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
Around the horn. . . . Let the legal slugfest begin. Virgil Watson has fired his first official salvo after being told he won't be rehired next school year to teach or coach at Ventura College. Actually, the American Federation of Teachers pulled the trigger on Watson's behalf. The union, which represents community college teachers, Tuesday filed a grievance with the Ventura Community College District, claiming that the district violated Watson's review and evaluation process.
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March 20, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 100 students were drawn to the Ventura College quad during their lunch hour Wednesday by a rally to stop racism and demand that ousted men's basketball coach Virgil Watson be reinstated. "Something is wrong here," said rally organizer Louis Bryant, a 10-year sponsor and supporter of Ventura College basketball who is known on campus as "Super Fan." "There's a hidden agenda . . . it's racism. The only way justice is going to be served is if Virgil is rehired."
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March 13, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura Community College trustees were armed with a laundry list of 17 reasons for firing basketball coach Virgil Watson, including poor teaching ability, allegations of recruiting violations and lack of basic communication and math skills. But after Watson showed up at Tuesday night's board meeting with a squad of more than 75 supporters, Chancellor Phil Westin dropped the bombshell--noting that Watson had been the target of a sexual harassment allegation.
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March 13, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
The day after, Virgil Watson was picking up the pieces and contemplating his next move. "I have to talk to my attorney and see what I can do," Watson said Wednesday. What Watson wants to do is regain what he believes was wrongfully taken from him: His job. In a sometimes heated meeting of the Ventura Community College District trustees, Watson was ousted Tuesday as Ventura College physical education instructor and men's basketball coach.
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March 13, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
The day after, Virgil Watson was picking up the pieces and contemplating his next move. "I have to talk to my attorney and see what I can do," Watson said Wednesday. What Watson wants to do is regain what he believes was wrongfully taken from him: His job. In a sometimes heated meeting of the Ventura Community College District trustees, Watson was ousted Tuesday as Ventura College physical education instructor and men's basketball coach.
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November 8, 1995 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Neither man is new to his program but both have seen their responsibilities change dramatically. They sat on the bench for many seasons beside two of the most successful junior college men's basketball coaches and now they are the ones in the hot seat. But to hear Coach Virgil Watson of defending state champion Ventura College and Del Parker of Moorpark tell it, this season is no different from others. Well, almost.
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March 12, 1997 | STEVE HENSON and DAWN HOBBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A grueling, raucous three-hour meeting of the Ventura College Community College District trustees Tuesday night ended with Virgil Watson losing his job as coach of the powerhouse Ventura College men's basketball team. District chancellor Phil Westin read through a list of 17 reasons Watson should not be retained as supporters of the coach crowded into the room and stood in the hallway.
SPORTS
March 8, 1997
Virgil Watson, Ventura College men's basketball coach for two seasons, said Friday his teaching and coaching status for the 1997-98 school year is up in the air. Watson is in his first school year as a full-time teacher at Ventura after being hired on an interim basis when former Coach Phil Mathews resigned in July, 1995, to take over the men's program at the University of San Francisco. The school must notify Watson by March 15 whether he'll be retained.
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