Leading off today:
Fired Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball coach Bob McKenney broke his silence Monday by giving district administrators an earful at the regularly scheduled school board meeting.
McKenney, who was let go as Red Rams coach for undisclosed reasons after 19 seasons and five NYSPHSAA championships, read a 10-minute statement during the meeting's public comments period, Syracuse.com reported.
McKenney said his ouster was due to a parent "who wanted me fired" starting in February 2014. "Allegations were made and investigated by the administration, and I was found to have done nothing wrong," he said.
McKenney, who was selected as the new Bishop Grimes coach last month, also asserted that parents of former players knew at least a day before McKenney did that he was about to be fired and that someone approached school officials about applying for the basketball job the day before he was asked him to resign.
He also said a parent told him he'd been dismissed for allowing a suspended player to travel with the J-D team and sit on the bench during a loss in the Section 3 championship game.
"I was in contact with two high school administrators via text the night before the championship and no one mentioned that someone couldn't be on the bus," McKenney said. "In fact, I, the coaching staff, the player and his family were led to believe that it was OK for him to be there."
McKenney was joined at Monday's meeting by family members and supporters.
"Obviously this continues to nag at me in back of my mind. So I really felt that it was important for me to have some closure," McKenney said.
McKenney said he wasn't trying to upstage anyone, but Monday's meeting included the official appointment of Jeffrey Ike as the new J-D coach. Ike, a 41-year-old Jamestown-DeWitt physical education teacher, has coached Manlius Pebble Hill to a 23-33 record over three seasons.
Ike is also an assistant boys lacrosse coach under Jamie Archer for the Red Rams, who play Victor in the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals on Wednesday.
Ike, a former J-D freshman basketball coach, expressed respect for the program McKenney and his staff had built.
"They built a great program," he said. "I'm honored to be the next guy in line."
Looking to change: A former Section 5 basketball star who went into depression after her Division I career ended will appear on Tuesday's episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" on ABC.
Kelli Poles, 26, who played forward for Canandaigua and then the University of Vermont, is now a bank teller in Kansas City, Mo. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, she wrote the show's trainers looking for help to transform her 6-foot-1, 331-pound body.
Tonight's episode reportedly has Poles playing basketball at American Airlines Arena with Miami Heat players