Thursday, March 19th, 1997
Carruth Saga Continues
Jimmy Carruths agent, Jim Clibanoff, has been a good sport about our enthusiasm about the Chief. Approximately 10-12 of us emailed Clibanoff with messages for Carruth, and the agent has responded by putting us all on an email list that he calls the "Carruth Update"! Hes using it to keep us updated on whats going on with The Chief.
As I reported here two days ago, Carruth hit a three-point play in the waning moments of a Bucks/Chiefs game that Clibanoff attended. Clibanoff had taken printouts of some emails that Hokie Central fans had sent to him, and upon returning from the game, Clibanoff sent us a Carruth newsletter in which he had this to say:
"As you probably know, after not playing in his first two games since signing his 10-day contract, Chief finally shed the warmups with 40 seconds in last night's Bucks-Celtics game...As you also probably know, he scored a bucket and made his free throw...
What you probably do not know is how excited he was. I was fortunate enough to be at the game (he is my first NBA client) and we talked afterwards and he was just so thrilled!
I told him about the fan e-mail he has been receiving from many of you and he had a message for you all:
"Thank you for your support and love and this shows a prime example of how by keeping your dreams and goals in front of you, you can always accomplish them."
And, I also appreciate your support....as long as Jimmy is in the NBA, I will continue to update you...Feel free to tell a friend, fellow Hokie or anyone else about this list and I will be happy to add their names. I also forward all of your letters and notes to the Chief....
Clibanoff also forwarded the URL for an article about Jimmy that appeared in an on-line Milwaukee newspaper. Check it out. It's typical Carruth, and it'll make you laugh:
Lastly, when I asked him how in the world he became Jimmys agent, Clibanoff said, "I used to be a Player Personnel Director in the USBL...I was reviewing tape on Kenny Harris (VCU) in '94 and noticed this huge guy on the other team blocking shots like it was going out of style!! It was Jimmy I contacted him and the rest is history!!"
Ah, yes. To see The Chief in action just once is to be hooked. If youre a big enough Carruth fan to appreciate Jims Carruth Update newsletter, drop him a line at BURNS28@aol.com, and hell be glad to put you on his list.
Where's the Coach?
Is it just me, or has Frank Beamer been the invisible man since the Orange Bowl?
When the new athletic behavior policies were announced, Beamer was (in my opinion) conspicuously absent. As his players go to trial one by one for the Brawl, he's nowhere in sight. On the Hokie Hotline show the other night, when they were previewing Spring football, there were a slew of assistant coaches there (Bustle, Hite, and Foster), but no Coach Beamer.
The only public comment I can remember coming from Beamer in the last two-plus months came when it was announced weeks ago that Tech was considering new athletic behavior policies. Beamer commented at the time that he would be far tougher than the athletic department on players who acted up.
The thing is, I can't remember whether or not Beamer has been out of the public eye at this time of year in the past. But I do think that with everything going on associated with Tech football, both good and bad, that he should be more of a public figure at this time and should be more readily accessible. Just my two cents, as they say.