Posted on: September 30, 2009 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 2:22 pm
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 29, 2009 10:54 am
Edited on: September 29, 2009 10:55 am
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.”