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Patrick Nero spent nearly the last six years as the commissioner of the America East. A yearning to find his way back to a school led him to become George Washington's next athletic director.
On any given day, holdups are going down somewhere in America. But the perps are equipped with brief- cases, not guns, and they usually score far more than your average mugger.
George Washington played it, Babe Ruth gave it a shot and had a blast, and Harry Wright was a star player before becoming manager of the famed Cincinnati Red Stockings.
One of the better moments in George Bernard Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple," a minor comedy set in Revolutionary America, occurs when a baffled Blimp by the name of Major Swindon, appalled by the prospect of imminent British defeat at Saratoga, asks the suave but outmaneuvered British Gen. John Burgoyne a question: "What will history say?"
In a perfect world, every NCAA basketball tournament would be like this last one, with mid-majors busting brackets, crashing the Final Four and making Dick Vitale's eyes bulge. It would be nice to think we might be inching closer to that now that Shaka Smart has signed an eight-year contract to remain at VCU and Brad Stevens shows no signs of walking away from his lengthy deal with Butler. If those guys stay put, maybe other successful coaches from off-the-beaten-path schools will, too - and the NCAA tourney will become an even wilder party than it already is.