Niagara Gazette — Of particular interest to Western New Yorkers, one article focuses on the St. Bonaventure University basketball program, jolted in 2003 when the Atlantic 10 Conference declared that Jamil Terrell, a transfer student, lacked a required associate's degree from Coastal Georgia Community College. In fact, Terrell had only a welder's certificate from the two-year school.
Subsequently, the university botched the issue of Terrell's eligibility and Bona found itself in a mess with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Robert Wickenheiser, the university president, was forced to resign; head basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff was fired; and Lockport resident Bill Swan, 55, a trustee who tried to guide the school through the scandal, committed suicide.
Also in the scandal roundup is O.J. Simpson, the former star running back with the Buffalo Bills and NFL Hall of Fame member, who was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her companion, Ron Goldman. After nearly eight months of testimony, the jury acquitted Simpson.
Niagara University's outstanding basketball teams in the 1950s were never involved in any way with the point-shaving scandal that scarred college campuses around the nation. One of the worst offenders was the City College of New York with three of its star players arrested for taking bribes and throwing games. When NU's Charlie Hoxie, leading scorer,was approached by gamblers to shave points, he immediately reported the incident to Coach John (Taps) Gallagher who then summoned the police.
What's shocking about the current issue, there's not a single reference to the Penn State University scandal that involved Jerry Sandusky, the convicted serial child molester, and legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who failed to report what he knew about the ugly incidents.
Several calls to the magazine publisher, seeking an explanation for the glaring omission, were ignored.