Yeah, I know I said that I wouldn’t be writing more drivel about the Sandusky scandal, NCAA sanctions, etc., etc., but here’s an “etc.” that is worth a couple of words. Seems that the PSU fencing coach for the past 31 years, Emik Kaidanov, was fired by an athletic department version of the kangaroo court held by the BoT to fire the sainted Coach Paterno.
The circumstances here were different. Coach Kaidanov got involved in a he said/she said situation regarding a team member’s alleged drug use that was completely defused (or so everyone thought) when the fencer in question volunteered to be tested and turned up negative for controlled substances. However, the incident was reported directly and anonymously by a staff assistant, even before Kaidanov became aware of it. When he finally heard about it, he told the staff assistant that she should have reported it to him first, as it was his ultimate responsibility to deal with reporting such issues.
Apparently, the PSU administration thinks that there were some threats or harassment made by Kaidanov toward the assistant. Protecting a whistle-blower is one thing, but summarily shitcanning a distinguished coach without so much as a come-to-Jesus meeting is more cowardly bullshit of the type exhibited in The Firing of St. Joe.
There’s probably more here than meets the eye. It’s easy to jump to conclusions when you don’t know the facts. Just look at all the “experts” who trolled the Internet boards at each stage of the scandal I wasn’t going to write about again and won’t. Kaidanov was born in Russia, where many of my ancestors were hatched — I know that Russians can be hard to get along with. Not saying that’s true of Kaidanov because I didn’t know the man. However, I wonder whether he might have rubbed one of the pussified wimps in the administration the wrong way at some point. Perhaps the ballsless wonder was just waiting for one misstep by Komisar Kaidanov. Just perhaps. Again, I know nothing, so I’m just saying.
Read more about this and find out how to protest with some very influential PSU people here. Many thanks to Joe for bringing this to my attention.