At first glance, it would seem that the numbers were against Louis Orr returning as Bowling Green's men's basketball coach next year.
The Falcons just finished a 13-19 season. They lost at home in a first-round Mid-American Conference tournament game -- for the second year in a row.
In his six years at BG, Orr's teams have compiled an 89-101 record.
And yes, there's one other number ... 1968, the last time the Falcons earned an NCAA Tournament bid. That's the longest drought for any Mid-American Conference member (excluding Buffalo, which has never earned an NCAA bid).
Yet the school confirmed Thursday that Orr will return as the team's coach again next season. Click here to read the story about it.
And I think there's at least one number that may go a long way to explain why Orr will return: 100.
If you remember, less than two months ago Bowling Green announced that it would be cutting 100 faculty positions next year.
Put yourself in the position of Bowling Green administrator who has announced those cuts ... and felt that backlash. Now imagine having to explain to those protestors that you have just ...
- Fired a coach will a year remaining on his contract.
- HIre a new coach and new set of assistants, essentially meaning the school is paying for two sets of coaches.
Where does this money come from? Unless the program is endowed with big-pocket donors willing to foot the ball, that's a hard question to answer.
And here's one other thing to consider about Orr: He does a LOT of things right with the BG program, namely. ...
- His teams and his players always play hard.
- His APR reports and grade-point averages are solid.
- His players don't show up on police reports and a good, respectable young men.
- Individually, coach Orr is well-respected and well-liked, both as a person and as a coach.
If the wins and losses were better numbers, we wouldn't be having any discussion about the job. But yes, the numbers under the "W" and "L" columns aren't satisfying to anyone in the program, which is why Orr's situation has become an issue.
Click here to read the story from Monday's loss to Miami, where both Orr and graduating senior A'uston Calhoun talked about Orr's job situation.
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