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Monday, Oct. 17, 2016: Catching up on a few weekend items

   Leading off today: Cleaning out the notebook after wasting a chunk of the weekend on stuff that didn't pan out:

   Resignation: Brian Kiszewski has resigned from his post as executive director of the Monsignor Martin Association, multiple athletic directors told The Buffalo News.

   Canisius AD Jim Mauro confirmed that Kiszewski stepped down Friday via email sent to ADs and principals, the paper reported. According to another athletic director, Kiszewski did not provide a reason for the resignation.

   Kiszewski was caught in hopeless circumstances in the aftermath of the Week 6 fight that stopped the game between St. Joseph's and Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the second quarter.

   The league was unable to issue a quick decision on the status of the game and disciplinary measures. Once the decisions were announced, a brand of anarchy prevailed at St. Joe's, where players threatened to boycott Saturday's game vs. Canisius as a show of support for a suspended teammate.

   The status of the protest was unclear as late as St. Joe's walk-through on Friday afternoon, as was the status of disciplined Bishop Timon players. The perception that the schools were in effect deciding which game their disciplined players would miss all but doomed Kiszewski.

   In any case, the MMA still came through this with a big black eye. Changing executive directors won't help if the collective mindset doesn't also change.

   Champions: Adam Busiello captured his second straight championship at the Super 32, a wrestling event in North Carolina that is one of the more prestigious warm-ups for the high school season.

   The Eastport-South Manor star won the 113-pound division. He was joined at the top of the podium by Vito Arujau (Syosset, 132 pounds) and Louie DePrez (Hilton, 170). Greg Diakomihalis of Hilton was a finalist at 106 pounds.

   School superlative: Abbie Seamans of Bolton had two goals and two assists Thursday in a 6-0 girls soccer win vs. Granville. The assists gave her the school's all-time record with 61 -- breaking the mark of her sister Olivia, now at Potsdam State.

   The Post-Star reported Seamans is closing in on 100 career goals, sitting at 95 or 96 entering sectionals.

   Give us a break: If you missed it (and consider yourself blessed if you did), The New York Times ran a rather fawning story about Bruce Eugene, let go as the football coach at Grand Street Campus less than a year after winning a PSAL championship at Yankee Stadium.

   Eugene, 34, was fired amidst allegations of recruiting and enrollment violations, but most of the story is dedicated to his journey from high school star to college player to crusading coach single-handedly raising Grand Street from a dump to an athletic and academic force. (I've kind of exaggerated that last part but not by much.)

   It's not until the second half of the story that the lengthy list of issues leading to the demise of Eugene's coaching tenure is addressed:

    • Suspended two games to start the 2015 season after holding a scrimmage that violated PSAL rules.

    • A series of questionable transfers, including last season's star quarterback.

  
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    • The refusal to bench star running back Rahmel Ashby while he faced two very serious sets of criminal charges.

    Disdain for Grand Street on the PSAL scene built up as quickly as football victories accumulated. Eugene did himself no favors by wearing a hoodie with the superlative "NY's Most Hated."

    His career at Grand Street was doomed once an administrator determined Eugene recruited a Long Island student and enrolled him in 2014, using his own address in Brooklyn and claiming to be the boy's uncle. The city's Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation began a formal inquiry and confirmed the suspicions.

    Eugene's supporters rationalize that many coaches regularly flout the rules.

    And at least one coach still does so. According to the newspaper, Eugene (who is banned from campus) watches Grand Street home games through a chain-link fence, standing in a parking lot adjacent to the field and uses walkie-talkies to communicate with the coaches.

   More NYC sports: The New York Post took a look at the University of Arizona's impressive success in landing basketball players whose roots are in the Big Apple.

   In consecutive years, the Wildcats have landed two more of the city's top guards, Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins last spring and Brandon Randolph of Yonkers last week. Alkins spent his final season at a prep school in North Carolina and Randolph is early in his second year at Westtown School in Pennsylvania.

   As the paper notes, the weather is always warm, and the Wildcats win regularly. Sean Miller is a big-name coach ably assisted by Emanuel "Book" Richardson, a New York guy with plenty of connections to the five boroughs.


  
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