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Sports letters: Don Verlin firing another misstep by University of Idaho athletics

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Former Idaho basketball coach Don Verlin leaves the court for halftime during a college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Former Idaho basketball coach Don Verlin leaves the court for halftime during a college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

John Blanchette was right on with his June 14th column denouncing the firing of Don Verlin at Idaho. That now makes it 2-for-2 in the Vandals’ “Ridiculous Firing” category following former Athletic Director Rob Spear’s dismissal last year and now Coach Verlin getting his own walking papers.

As a former part-time sports columnist for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, I would interview Rob and Don and held them both in high professional esteem for what each did heading Idaho’s athletic department and basketball programs.

I’m not disputing the alleged technicality of the rules violations in their individual cases, only the severity of firing, in my opinion anyway, two good men who did outstanding work in their respective positions at the University of Idaho. Quality college athletic directors and basketball coaches are not easy to find, and both Rob Spear and Don Verlin will be difficult for the Vandals’ athletic program to replace.

Jeff Clausen

Spokane

Indians ‘A-Z’ misses out on Aden

I loved your Indians A-Z tribute, but where’s Dwight Aden!? Heck, he’s one of the permanently honored Indians at the Stadium on the Rim of Honor. He’s the true owner of the glove where ‘triples went to die.’ He didn’t miss a fly ball for years, lifetime batting average over .305, Indians Business Manager for years and one of the Truest Gentlemen ever to grace the field. How about an article featuring Dwight? Thank you.

Dave Jackson

Spokane

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