I had some time to think. I had some time to ponder and now since I have calmed down I would like to share my reaction to the Shannon Miller situation.
First, I really appreciated a blog post by Bruce Ciskie from December 18, 2014 in which he did some research on the record of the UMD Women’s Hockey team against the elite programs over the past 4 years. I have attached a link to this blog post. His post and the programs lack of success is indeed a good reason for not renewing a contract.
Second, as a life long Duluth resident and follower of UMD athletics, I have seen much loyalty of the university to it’s coaches over my lifetime. Example, Dale Race, Gary Holquist, Jim Malosky, Scott Hanna, Mike Sertich, Greg Cane, and Jim Boos. You could even include Coach Miller on this list. My point being despite the success or lack of success of a specific team, the university has not had many coaching changes over the past couple decades because of firings or not renewing contracts. Even though we haven’t heard very much about it and probably never will, is Coach Miller getting along with the administration or her colleagues? I would suggest by the actions of the university in this case probably not. If you don’t get the approval of your bosses, you probably will be heading out the door. And is Coach Miller even spending time at the university in the first place? Can we ever find Coach Miller in her office?
Last, what kind of salary will Coach Miller accept? I know she said she would and waited to have discussions about a pay cut which never happened, but why not be more open about it? Please also explain why you think you deserve a salary like Scott Sandelin? Your success in the last four years is not very good. There is no way in my mind Coach Miller should have the highest paid salary in the nation. And also please explain what you mean when you reference Title IX in regards to salary. In my mind there is no correlation between male and female coaches salaries and Title IX. But it all boils down to what you will accept Coach Miller which I am sure you will never share. If your bosses don’t want to meet with you that should say something.
I can’t wait to see how this unfolds and see if Coach Miller will be more specific or keep making broad general statements.