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Altoona decision lacks clarity

Sunday Sports Mailbag

“It’s not about wins and losses.”

That’s what Altoona Area School Board member Rick Hoover said in the Jan. 8 Mirror article about the decision to reopen the Altoona football coaching position.

That might be one of the strangest statements I’ve read or heard without telling the reading public what the decision really was about.

Without explaining further, that leaves a lot of things unsaid about the current coach’s personal character and integrity.

While Nick Felus hasn’t had a winning record in three years at Altoona, the public is told, “It’s not about wins or losses.”

It sounds to me like a good attorney might have a client with that type of flippant remark from a school board member.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas

PSU extended Chambers too soon

I feel the anguish Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers is going through with this team as there is no chemistry, and morale has to be getting worse.

At 0-7 in Big Ten play and in 14th place entering Saturday night’s game at Minnesota, this team could very well lose rest of its games.

I sense Chambers knows he is losing this team.

Even though he was signed to a contract extension after winning the NIT last year, Sandy Barbour has to let Chambers go after nine seasons with a losing record and pay him off for remainder of his contract.

She reacted too quickly with the extension.

Meanwhile, on the women’s basketball front, Coquese Washington is another one who might have to go if she can’t her team into the NCAAs or at least the WNIT.

Finally, on to football:

I just paid $999 for my season tickets. That includes another price increase, chair backs and the mailing fee.

On top of that, I paid $250 to the Nittany Lion Club. Prices go up, and football quality has gone down.

Coach Franklin will be burning the midnight oil to right this program.

Les Hart

Duncansville