Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 3:49 pm

Quinnipiac duo arrested on assault charges

By Matt Norlander

There's been far too much of this in college basketball for far too long. It sounds pious, but can you disagree? Too many college athletes can't control their tempers and are winding up in cuffs because of it. And don't get me wrong: regular college-goers are just as bad. I had friends in college who threw knuckles once a month. (They are not my friends anymore.) Youth always has its pockets of violence.

Still, this is a terrible look for your program. Small-time Quinnipiac is the latest program to receive a black eye because of the bad behavior of its players. James Johnson, a senior guard, and sophomore Ike Azotam, were "charged early Sunday morning with assault and breach of peace following a fight on campus."

The two got into a brouhaha with some fellow students late Saturday/early Sunday and couldn't control themselves. The assault complaint came at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning on Quinnipiac's campus, according to NBC Connecticut.
A Quinnipiac University student reported he tried to break up a fight when Ike Azotam, 20, struck him in the face, according to police. A second student attempting to break up the fight told officers he was punched in the face several times as well. Officers determined James Johnson, 21, was the person who allegedly punched the student, police said.

This awful behavior meant third-degree assault charges for the twosome. Additionally, a second-degree charge of breaching the peace was levied against them.

Johnson was a 16-points-per-game guy last season. Azotam is one of the key low-post players for a team that can vie for the Northeast title. Both were released on $5,000 bond. Their court date is Sept. 26. Regardless of the outcome, a suspension seems inevitable.

The university's response to the arrests, in full:

“The university is investigating the matter,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “The students involved have been fully cooperating with the Hamden police, campus security and student affairs. The investigation will follow the university’s normal judicial process.”

That process means, once the case clears through the legal system, school officials will then decide what to do with the students.

Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 10:18 am

Tom Moore earns extension at Quinnipiac

By Matt Norlander

The man some thought would (and still could) one day replace Jim Calhoun at UConn just received a lot of support from his current school.

Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore renegotiated his deal this offseason, signing an extension through 2016 yesterday afternoon, the school announced. It's the second extension Moore has earned since he arrived there. Moore was an assistant at UConn before taking the job about an hour south of Storrs, at Quinnipiac, in 2007. He is 75-51 in four seasons with the Bobcats.

Since Quinnipiac is a private school, it has the option to not reveal the details of its coaches' contracts. That's what happened here.

"I am thrilled to receive another contract extension from Quinnipiac University," Moore said in a statement. "President John Lahey and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have been incredibly supportive of me and my program since I arrived here four years ago. I am excited about our future as we continue to establish Quinnipiac as one of the elite programs in the Northeast Conference."

The Bobcats have been a strong presence in the Northeast Conference since Moore came on -- they've just yet to make an NCAA tournament. In the 2009-10 season, the Bobcats won a program-best 23 games and their first NEC regular-season title. Moore has coached his team to a 28-8 record in the conference the past two seasons.

And this is particularly impressive. From the school's release:

"In the classroom, Moore led the greatest turnaround of any team in NCAA Division I during his first three years as head coach. According to a study prepared by FoxSports.com's Jason Belzer, the Bobcats increased their Academic Progress Rate (APR), as compiled by the NCAA, by 219 points, more than any other program in the nation in that time."

Good job by Moore, who is knocking on the door of an NCAA berth. Quinnipiac knows it has a good coach right now, a coach that will one day earn a better job. That day could come sooner than the school would like, but at least they stepped up and showed their support yet again for a coach that's taken the school to a level it's never been at before.   

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB
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