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NIAGARA'S MESSAGE

With the abrupt firing of head basketball coach Jack Armstrong, the Rev. Paul L. Golden, C.M., the president of Niagara University, has sent has the wrong message to all NCAA student/athletes. His message is, you are at school to win ball games and you will win at all costs. He has callously overlooked the tangible benefits of Armstrong's program. Jack's Purple Eagles' were proof that hard work, integrity and fair play, both on and off the court, can make an entertaining and competitive team.

Father Golden has dismantled a program that was a model for other programs, and was admired by the previous administration. That should have been nurtured and used as an example for other programs at Niagara and the rest of the NCAA Division I sports. The final word here seems to be wins, when it should have been education. These student/athletes need to graduate from college and need to have the skills necessary to succeed in life. They did not need the sacrificing of a good program which provided both.

Having a quality person like Jack Armstrong mentor his student/athletes was an asset to Niagara.
JIM TOMKINS
Grand Island

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