Saturday, March 10, 2007

Behind Every Good Woman . . .

Being the Head Coach of a Division I women's basketball team is a tough job, even under the best of circumstances. The demands are enormous, particularly for the Head Coach of a top team.

Recruiting, practice, recruiting, strategizing, travel, coaching games, recruiting, talking to the press, bad hair days, recruiting . . . long long hours! No doubt it helps to have a supportive spouse or partner. And no doubt it has to be stressful for the coach's significant other as well . . . a point driven home earlier this week by some news out of Florida that an "MSU Professor Bites Officer."

It turns out that this alleged policeman-chomping professor is none other other than the husband of the Michigan State Spartans' Head Coach, Joanne P. McCallie! After the McCallies landed at the Sarasota airport, a lost luggage episode reportedly led to Professor McCallie's dumping a trash can, throwing it at an officer, wrestling with the policeman on the ground and then biting the officer's finger. McCallie was arrested (mugshot above) but later released on bond. Well, it seems like the stress of being a head coach's spouse really got to him!

Meanwhile, the BasketCases are pleased to report that Coach B's husband, Mark Thomas, to the best of our knowledge, has never been arrested for biting anyone. Keep up the good work, Mark!


At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any comment on the latest debacle at LSU? I'd love to hear your take.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Everett W. said...

I'm not sure there's a family-friendly forum that can handle the LSU debacle.

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you voted for Shay today?

At 11:31 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

All of the speculation and rumors about Pokey and LSU have created a very distressing and unfortunate situation, particularly for the current LSU players and women's basketball in general. We have no facts that we can add to this discussion, so for now, we have decided not to blog about it. But we can recommend Mechelle Voepel's excellent column on



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