Posted on: October 14, 2009 5:08 pm

Binghamton's Broadus placed on leave of absence

Embattled Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus has been placed on an indefinite paid leave of absence, the school announced Wednesday. Assistant coach Mark Macon will take over the program on an interim basis.

The development is the latest blow to Binghamton, which made the NCAA tournament last season thanks to the recruitment of some talented but troubled prospects -- among them was Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben, the former Syracuse recruit who was arrested last month for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Mayben was subsequently dismissed from the team along with five teammates. Then the athletic director resigned. Then the school reported recruiting violations that stemmed from Broadus contacting prospects in a no-contact period.

Macon is in his third season at Binghamton.

He's a former Temple star who was the No. 8 pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.
Posted on: September 30, 2009 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 2:22 pm

Report: Binghamton AD to resign

Binghamton athletic director Joel Thirer will resign Wednesday, according to the New York Times .

Thirer's resignation comes less than a week after six Binghamton basketball players were dismissed -- among them Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben, who was arraigned last Thursday on crack cocaine charges. Thirer did not immediately return a message left by CBSSports.com. Basketball coach Kevin Broadus also did not return a voicemail.

Thirer has been Binghamton's athletic director since 1989.

(Here's a link to my column on Binghamton from earlier this week.)
Posted on: September 30, 2009 10:54 am

Binghamton can't stay out of the news

A Binghamton adjunct lecturer who accused the athletic department of pressuring her to change her grading policy for basketball players was dismissed Tuesday, according to the New York Times .

The adjunct lecturer's name is Sally Dear.

Her criticism appeared in a New York Times article in February . She was dismissed less than a week after six basketball players were released -- including Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben, who was arraigned last Thursday on crack-cocaine charges.

“I’m being fired for being ethical,” Dear told the New York Times . “I have no doubt about that whatsoever. ... It’s unfortunate that people who are honest and trying to do their job are punished for that."
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Binghamton
Posted on: September 29, 2009 8:51 pm

An email from a Binghamton graduate

The Binghamton column has generated a lot of emails, but none more interesting than the one I got from a Binghamton graduate. To me, it exemplifies the problem the school created by trying to be something it isn't, and probably shouldn't be.

The email was from C. Tyrrell.

It read: As a graduate of Binghamton and College basketball fan, I found your article to be right on in terms of holding the School President and AD accountable for what has occurred. The schools strong academic reputation has been harmed by their actions. It appears in accepting these students with less than stellar credentials it was not about improving their academics as it was about improving the chance of an NCAA bid. It is ironic that my school pride has diminished in the year it made its first NCAA basketball tournament. You can have pride in a school with principled academic standards and a poor basketball team, but not the other way around. I recall the days, just 20 years ago, where we would be excited when we had a player that could dunk the ball. Now we have players that can dunk the ball and administrators that have dunked my degree down a notch.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Binghamton
Posted on: September 29, 2009 10:54 am
Edited on: September 29, 2009 10:55 am

Binghamton Zoo > Binghamton Basketball

Among the recent quotes from Binghamton AD Joel Thirer that I did not use in my column was one where he compared his job to running a "zoo." But not everybody ignored it the way I did, specifically Amanda J. Padwa, the business manager of -- you're going to love this -- the Binghamton Zoo.

The New York Times' Pete Thamel noticed that Padwa provided a letter to the editor that ran in this morning's Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin . She wrote: “Not one of our tigers has been arrested with cocaine. No otter knocks over old ladies to shoplift condoms. Our bear doesn’t have temper tantrums and storm off his exhibit. You won’t find any of our lemurs busted for smoking pot. So, please, stop insulting zoos by comparing those criminals to us.”

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 24, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: September 24, 2009 3:04 pm

Binghamton star arrested with crack cocaine

Tiki Mayben helped Binghamton make its first NCAA tournament last March.

Now he's facing criminal charges after being arrested for possession of crack cocaine.

"He was arrested [Wednesday] after a lengthy investigation for criminal sale of a controlled substance, crack cocaine,” Sgt. Sean Kittle of the Troy (N.Y.) Police Department told the Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper. “At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine.”

Mayben pleaded not guilty Thursday.

He is expected to post a $30,000 bail.

“I expect him to [return to] school,"  Mayben's attorney, Greg Cholakis, told the Press & Sun-Bulletin outside the courtroom. "I would hope and trust the team will treat him as innocent at this point.”

Mayben initially signed with Syracuse out of high school, but he never enrolled because of academics. The point guard played one year at UMass and then transferred to a junior college before playing last season at Binghamton, where he averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Posted on: November 12, 2008 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2008 1:20 pm

Why steal when you've got all that cash, Malik?

The Malik Alvin story just keeps getting better and better, and I know that's hard to imagine.

But it's true.

If you remember, I explained in the blog last night how Alvin has been suspended from Binghamton after he was arrested for stealing extra large condoms from a Wal-Mart and running over an old woman while trying to escape security. Classic, right? And now the guys over at BustedCoverage.com have posted pictures of Alvin with a roll of cash that suggests he shouldn't have to steal anything, even condoms.

Anyway, I can't vouch for the authenticity of the pictures.

But they look real, don't they?

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 11, 2008 11:15 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2008 11:18 pm

Magnums, huh? You go, Malik Alvin!

We have a leader in the clubhouse for goofiest college basketball story of the year.

It's about Binghamton's Malik Alvin.

He's been suspended for stealing condoms.

According to the report, Alvin was confronted by Wal-Mart security last month when officers said he tried to leave the store with contents from a box of condoms without paying. Naturally, the junior college transfer took off running and was caught ... but not before knocking a 66-year-old woman to the ground and causing her to suffer a concussion. In other words, Alvin's attempt to practice safe sex led to an unsafe shopping experience for an old lady.

Alvin has been charged with petty larceny and third-degree assault. Somehow, he pleaded not guilty because I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for stuffing condoms down your pants, running from security and trampling a senior citizen on a Sunday afternoon at the local Wal-Mart. Let he who has never done that cast the first stone.

Anyway, the best part is that Alvin didn't just steal any condoms; he stole Magnums.

That's impressive.

Particularly for a 6-0, 165-pound guard.

I call BS.

But if you're gonna go down you might as well go down carrying something serious.

So for that, I say hats off to Malik Alvin and send a Get Well Soon to the woman who took a charge for Wal-Mart security.

That's a hustle point in my book.
Category: NCAAB
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