I emailed Gannon SID Dan Teliski today to confirm last night's WJET-TV report that John Reilly has agreed to a contract extension at Gannon. Here is Teliski's reply: “Coach Reilly’s contract has been renewed and he will continue to be our head men’s basketball coach. Coach Reilly and the men’s basketball program has the University’s support and we are excited for the 2012-13 season. No details of the contract will be released.”
I haven't weighed in on the uncertainty surrounding Coach Reilly's job for a variety of reasons. First, I'm a self-admitted John Reilly apologist. He was a big influence on me during my college days, so I'm going to defend the guy 100 times before criticizing him. He possesses an second-to-none work ethic and drives his players to perform on the floor and in the classroom. He's a good man that I'd want my son or brother to play for. If a player has the right attitude, Riles will make them a better person ... which is more than I can say about a lot of other coaches who have a higher winning percentage. A lot of other coaches.
The primary reason I haven't commented is because of my background as a supervisor. Nobody, except the supervisor and the employee, truly knows the details of the employee's performance and the circumstances for their results. When you don't have the whole story, you can't make a determination whether the employee should be promoted, retained, reprimanded, or terminated.
None of us have the whole story on Reilly's situation. We only go to games, analyze the stat sheets, and the read the comments of an incredibly handsome Gannon blogger. We don't know what happens behind the scenes with recruiting, classwork, practice, preseason, study hall, facilities, scholarships, attitudes, etc. Some folks are comfortable expressing their opinion when they have a small fraction of the story. I'm not one of them, especially when we're talking about someone's livelihood.