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COACH PINKEL STEPS IN DEEP

Football fans are caught today between loyalty to the Black and Gold and Coach Gary Pinkel’s shocking remarks at Southeastern Conference Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. It’s obvious no one briefed Pinkel on the damning report by former FBI honcho Louis Freeh about the late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s complicity in covering up former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s serial pedophilia. Pinkel’s quotes: “…you can’t take away the greatness of this man… He was a great man. However you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that…” Pinkel went on to blame the press. “I think when you come out of such a tragic situation, certainly involving children and the magnitude of this in our country from a media standpoint, I anticipated really what happened. I anticipated that they would do this. You’re not going to sit back there and say, ‘Well, just things happen.’ You’re not going to do that. They’re going to be firing, and people, they’re going to make statements and they’re going to point fingers…” Then Pinkel concluded: “It’s so easy in hindsight to go back there and say what it is…that’s the easiest thing to do. The easiest thing to do is to point fingers and” say “‘You should have done this, you should have done that, you should have done that.’” Freeh concluded Paterno indeed should have acted differently, and instead, the late coach intervened and halted a plan by Penn State officials to report a 2001 incident involving Sandusky to child welfare enforcement officials.

FACES IN PLACES

Aaron Teitelbaum, chef and partner at Herbie’s, was mum the other night about rumors, that he and his group will convert their successful Monarch Restaurant ‘s menu into all-creole fare.  As for Herbie’s, the staff is now boasting about its all gluten-free menu
as well as the blue plate special offered between 5-6 p.m. . .St. Charles High alum Ryan Coyne will be on the card Saturday on HBO.  Coyne is the three-time Golden Glove  winner and undefeated  in 14  fights.  He played football at Mizzou for two years under Gary Pinkel and then turned to boxing.  He graduated from Lindenwood University with a 3.5 GPA in political science and public management. . .There they were, dropping charisma all over the place.  I mean “the birthday group,” who have been celebrating each other’s natal day for 30 years.  This time it was at Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria.  Through the years they have been supportive of each other and their families through illnesses, deaths and their newbies.  The group is comprised of Joanne Campbell, Mary DeLong, Joanne Fehling, Sue Reid, Maggie Ryan, Mary Kaye Sullivan and Gina Murphey.  Class?  You bet. They always reserve a side table or booth to avoid annoying other diners. . . Plaudits for Sinatra song-stylist Mark Richman, who currently fills the bill at The Sands (nee Frailey’s sports bar) in Kenrick Plaza.  The guy is getting standing ovations at a number of casinos where he performs. He does it his way and does it well.


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