Afternoon Open Thread: Steubenville Football Coach Gets Two-Year Contract Extension

Steubenville HS football coach Reno Saccoccia

Steubenville HS football coach Reno Saccoccia

Hey, no big deal right? All he did was cover up a couple of rapes committed by his players… /s

From The Atlantic Wire:

Despite allegations that he knew about a rape and tried to protect his players who committed it, despite widespread criticism that he didn’t punish his team enough and that he should be fired, and despite a grand jury that could charge him looming next week, the powerful Steubenville High football coach Reno Saccocia has been approved for a two-year administrative contract, the city superintendent confirmed to The Atlantic Wire Monday afternoon.

The Ohio Valley’s Herald Star newspaper reported on the Steubenville school board’s minutes over the weekend in an article that included a single phrase about the coach’s new deal:

Two-year administrative contracts for Charles Kokiko, administrator; Bryan Mills, assistant middle school principal; Reno Saccoccia, director of administrative services; Joseph Yanok, middle school principal; Melinda Young, director of programs; and Sara Elliot, school psychologist.

In a phone interview with the Wire, Steubenville schools superintendent Mike McVey described the administrative services position as a “board approved two-year-administrative contract in his current position” that was up for renewal. “Coaching contracts are different from teaching and administrative contracts,” McVey said, stressing that the teaching title was “supplemental” to Saccoccia’s coaching contract.

Nonetheless, the school board’s approval will keep Saccoccia at the school — and it signals a vote of confidence in perhaps the most influential man in the fading steel town that was consumed by the social media response to a case in which two of Saccoccia’s players were convicted in juvenile court of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at after parties for a pre-season game by the powerhouse Big Red football team. A grand jury hearing into possible additional charges relating to the parties and their aftermath is now scheduled to convene on April 30.

Why am I not surprised?

39 Comments on “Afternoon Open Thread: Steubenville Football Coach Gets Two-Year Contract Extension”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I see that JJ posted this piece from Salon on the previous thread

    For those who don’t remember Soccocia, he is the football coach who, according to text messages and witness testimony at the Steubenville rape trial, knew about the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two of his players but didn’t report the crime to school administrators or law enforcement officials, as he is obligated to do under Ohio law.

    The day after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond raped an unconscious teenage girl, Mays texted a friend: “I got Reno. He took care of it and shit ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court. Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried,” according to an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation who testified in the case. In addition to the text message, Soccocia was criticized for failing to discipline players involved in circulating the photos of the unconscious victim until eight games into a 10-game season.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Goldman Sachs: Deficit Will Plunge Over Next 3 Years

    They say austerity is a drag on the economy. NOW will Obama listen?

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Moving this up from Dakinikat’s comments on the previous thread:

    Breaking News Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 18m

    Canadian police charge 2 with plot to carry out attack on passenger train between Toronto and New York – @CBCNews

  4. dakinikat says:

    Richie Havens died … my boyfriend that died a few years ago used to drum for him

    richie and herman

    Herman is the one in the very back and of course Richie is on the right … this is off the album cover for Mirage … it’s the inner sleeve picture

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Yes, why not privatize ALL health insurance? (snark) At least they didn’t dump them out of planes without parachutes, but then how would we ever know.

    • RalphB says:

      Damn that’s terrible. Probably happening though since it’s only a modification of patient dumping between emergency rooms which happens most places private and public facilities exist. That’s illegal but quite common.

      • roofingbird says:

        Yep, that happened to my daughter in the middle of an ovarian cyst rupture. Though it was public to public. Oakland left her in the hall and then transfered her to San Mateo were we lived at the time. We never knew anything till her boyfriend at the time called us. She almost died cause she was bleeding out.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Sounds like NYC’s policy of dumping homeless people in New Jersey.

      • roofingbird says:

        Why are they getting away with this?

      • bostonboomer says:

        Frankly, I have more sympathy for the patients than the hospitals.

      • RalphB says:

        I’m not concerned about the hospitals. The situation here is that Travis County has a publicly funded hospital system and there are also private hospitals. County taxpayers pay for the public hospitals which is fine. The problem comes from our surrounding counties who seem to always put their citizens who can’t pay into the Travis County system and don’t pay it.

        We would like a Hospital District. including the surrounding counties, but those voters keep turning it down because it would mean a tax increase for them. Those tea partiers want the service and they want someone else to pay for it. FreeeeDUUMMMBBB!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Now this is interesting: The Strongest Evidence Yet That The Austerity Movement Has Suffered A Huge Blow

      AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis observes the fallout from Reinhart and Rogoff’s Excel error appears to have officially jumped from the digital to the real.

      Stanford economist John Taylor reports that the G20 appears to be abandoning specific fiscal and monetary goals:

      A participant in last Friday’s G20 meetings told me that the error was a factor in the decision to omit specific deficit or debt-to-GDP targets in the G20 communique.
      The error refers to Reinhart and Rogoff’s leaving out data that would have shown high debt-to-GDP levels actually don’t produce that great an impact on growth.

      Taylor argues the error does not affect the over all lesson of Reinhart and Rogoff — that large debt loads are bad, but still, this is hard evidence that the austerity movement is crumbling.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” movement now, could it? I sure Mittens has had time to get his car elevator installed before his profits drop an itsy bit.

      • dakinikat says:

        well at least the G20 is coming around, but it might be because the Germany economy is headed for a recession since they killed their customers’ economies

    • RalphB says:

      In the last week or two, IBM has dropped >$25/share to $187 largely on the basis of a “disappointing” 1st quarter. Allow me to translate, business in EMEA now really sucks the big one.

  5. RalphB says:

    Chris Hayes just asked every question that we would like answered on the West plant explosion and said they were going to find and answer all of them over the course of this week or so. That could be a small revelation.

  6. RalphB says:

    StateImpact Texas: After West Fertilizer Explosion, Concerns Over Safety, Regulation and Zoning

    Lots of information in this article about the West explosion and other pertinent issues.

  7. Wish there was a ‘dislike but thank you for reporting’ button