Tuesday, March 24, 2009

To Boo or Not To Boo?

Former MSU Women's Basketball Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie returns to the Breslin Center again today as her Duke Blue Devils take on the Spartans in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Her first game back in Breslin was Sunday, when Duke defeated Austin Peay 83-42. Before that game, she had a mixed reception of some cheers and many boos.

There are reasons supporting both reactions. Her departure days after signing a contract extension reminded many of the sudden departure of football coach Nick Saban. The confusing situation surrounding her husband's arrest only added to the drama of the move.

However, her tenure at MSU was incredibly successful, with five NCAA Tournament appearances which included appearing in the 2005 National Championship game.

MSU junior Mandy Piechowski, one of McCallie's recruits and former players, told the Lansing State Journal, "You have to remember, too, if it wasn't for her, we might not be where we are right now."

So I pose this question to you: When Coach McCallie is introduced tonight, should she be booed, or cheered?

NOTE: The game tonight tips at 7:00 p.m. at the Breslin Center. The first 500 students to attend tonight's game will get in free.

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