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Maher supports Parrotta

Canisius basketball coach Tom Parrotta received a ringing endorsement from the school's athletic director on the eve of the Golden Griffins' MAAC home game against rival Niagara.

The Golden Griffins are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, in last place in the MAAC and in danger of another 20-loss season which have led to rumors about Parrotta's job security. Canisius fans have been wondering whether Parrotta will be coming back
to Canisius after this season to help the Golden Griffins get on their feet.
Athletics director Bill Maher said Wednesday that Parrotta will

“His status has not changed, he’ll be back next year,’’ Maher said. “We view this as a process that we want to continue to build the right way and we’re going to keep on that path.''

Parrotta, in his third season at Canisius, has a 25-61 record. He was
given a contract extension through 2011 after his first season.

The Griffs were 6-25 last season but enjoyed a fairly
promising finish by beating Iona and losing to runner up Rider by four points in the MAAC Tournament. But the Griffs are 7-17 and 2-12 in league play heading into Thursday's game.

"There's certainly been progress and there's been steps in our program that have been positive,'' Maher said. "Our league record is not at all satisfying and we need to improve."

---Rodney McKissic

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