At least one alumnus has concerns whether Ball State's administration will keep Hoke. Jason Whitlock, a columnist for the Kansas City Star who played for the Cardinals from 1985-88, said the administration has handled the situation unprofessionally.That is unprofessional behavior for a journalist. But can anybody be surprised at Whitlock's awful judgment? We last saw Whitlock after he wrote a column that mocked Christianity and joked that Mary and Joseph conceived at an alcohol party.
"The university is dragging its feet, and it's disappointing," Whitlock said. "This should've been addressed and wrapped up a month ago. I cover major universities across the country, and that's how you appropriately deal with a coach that has had this kind of success."
Whitlock first told Ball State President Jo Ann Gora she needed to address Hoke's contract situation in September. A couple days before Ball State's game with Eastern Michigan University on Oct. 25, Collins and him had dinner at Gora's house to talk about a potential salary raise for Hoke.
Whitlock said he offered $50,000 during the dinner to help keep Hoke at Ball State."Everybody said the right things," Whitlock said. "But I left there questioning whether they had the courage and will to do the right things."
My take: Don't expect publisher Mark Zieman to draw a line on ethical violations at his paper -- he can't enforce ethical standards at the Kansas City Star because of his own shady arrangement involving his wife, Rhonda Lokeman.
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