Category Archives: Pokey Chatman Resigns

March 14, 2007, 3:35 am

Pokey Chatman Update

Thank heaven for the anonymous comment function. A report just in from Baton Rouge (I think — the writer seems familiar enough with the campus) adds nuance to the picture of the Pokey Chatman resignation. This short essay was originally posted to the comments section of my previous article, but it has enough of a new perspective to deserve a more prominent place on the blog. Tiger321 writes:

“Along with remembering that most of what’s been reported is based on rumor, we should also keep in mind that the media doesn’t (and perhaps can’t) give the whole story. One aspect that’s been mostly left out in the coverage of this saga is that there are in fact people who are supporting Pokey. LSU’s campus newspaper today included an article in which a former player (who remains anonymous) does–however tactfully–defend Chatman. Also in the news today, Sylvia Fowles’s comments to the press…

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March 9, 2007, 1:56 pm

Is It Still The Children’s Hour?

If you have not done so already, read what you can about Pokey Chatman’s resignation as head coach of the women’s basketball program at LSU. Chatman was, until she announced her immediate resignation yesterday, the head coach of one of the top programs in the nation, a program that trounced powerhouse Tennessee in the SEC tournament and was expected to go to the Final Four this year. A former LSU player and the protege of Sue Gunter, one of the true greats in women’ basketball, Chatman is considered by many to be the best women’s basketball brain, and the finest recruiter, in the nation.

And now she has resigned to “pursue other career options.” This phrase sets off the homophobia alarm for me: it’s equivalent to the sentence that politicians toss out when they have been defeated for re-election: “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family.” Uh-huh. Sure.


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