[eDebate] an announcement

Josh jbhdb8
Mon Dec 17 14:57:05 CST 2007

It is true that I was very afraid yesterday...very very afraid...of course,
when I heard we were also talking to the WVU women's soccer coach (true) I
became terrified....

I will be looking at the mountains over my shoulders,


On Dec 17, 2007 3:51 PM, NEIL BERCH <berchnorto at msn.com> wrote:

>  Dear Friends:
> I must confirm the rumors that I have spoken to University of Michigan
> officials about their impending Director of Debate vacancy (my apologies to
> Josh for negotiating ahead of time, but when you're a coach at Michigan and
> you're always looking up at Northwestern in the national rankings, you can't
> be shocked that they're looking around).  After extensive discussions, I
> have decided to remain at WVU (at least for now).  There are four major
> reasons for this decision:
> 1.  Michigan's interest cooled substantially when they found out that I
> was the only coach at WVU who decidedly did NOT run a spread offense;
> 2.  Michigan was unwilling to pay the buyout in my contract, which is well
> over six dollars;
> 3.  I received a personal call from West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin,
> who urged me to stay, and who reminded me of both my loyalty to the state
> and the fact that even if I went to Ann Arbor, I would still be held to my
> contractual obligation to mow the lawn at the governor's mansion;
> 4.  Josh staved off unemployment by convincing Michigan officials that his
> team's upcoming trip to Fullerton was the "debate equivalent of the Rose
> Bowl".
> My best wishes to Josh for as long as he remains at Michigan.
> --Neil Berch
> West Virginia University
> (birthplace of Michigan coaches)
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