Monday, August 10, 2015

Social media can open some doors, close some others

Gary Harris seemed to have breathed new life into a Springfield High football program that had hit rock bottom. The numbers were up, the kids were having fun and there were some minimal results on the field.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150809/SPORTS02/708099999

28 comments :

  1. I have often found that social media opens up the back door. You do what you can to tighten up but these messages which are dark and hard to take end up slipping in anyway. Social media can also be a pleasurable experience but at times excruciatingly painful.

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    1. Well played! I laughed out loud

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    2. Once again- Joe Brown had made a mess of the athletic program, he was on thin ice with the superintendent as it was. There was a pattern, he was given chances to reform (learn from his mistakes) and grown into the job. But Joe felt he was above any reproach and could do as he pleases. In the Harris situation he needed to stop the text messages, and the tone. However he didn’t exhibit leadership and it got out of control.

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    3. I hopeJoe Brown stays in TN, he needs a reality check. He is not the biggest and best. Needs to have that ego reality tested. The sports programs will be more successful now that the mess he made is sorting itself out. Good riddens.

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    4. Ego reality tested? Not the biggest and best? Did a 5th grader write this or are you still selling used cars? Listen, it's time for you to take down your Joe Brown fathead off your bedroom wall. You're never going to be him. That's ok. These comments coming from a guy with possibly the longest losing streak in Springfield football history.... How did you keep the job that long is the best question. You must have cut Bob one heck of a deal. Springfield lost when Joe Brown left.

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    5. LOL! Really??? Wrong Guy...Try again!

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  2. Tom Haley is an example of a lying reporter. His columns are based of rumor and no facts/evidence present. This is news at its poorest level.

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    1. Tom Haley is one of the most respected sports journalists in Vermont. Nothing in this particular column was a lie. Don't let the facts get in your way.

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    2. Anonymous, the person who hides behind a screen, KNOW this..... I know the full story! It WAS not social media; it was a text a full grown MAN. Embrace Diversity and he said "black"..... Yeah. Not offensive. Relationships were built. Springfield was great- even considering this. Tom Haley needs to consider NOT using gossip as a primary source and provide actual Facts.... And moreover, know the DIFFERENCE between a personal text and social media.

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    3. I believe that there was a vast amount of text messages that were very direct and to the point. Tom Haley a liar??? That is so far from the truth...Good try on a "Spin". There is a pattern, trail and records.

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    4. Is that a fact? Then name it. Coach Harris sent the exact email from the Superintendent to any parent that wanted to see it. I know because I am one of them. If you think it is a spin then ask Haley to produce one fact or email that he recieved. He can't produce it. Based everything off of hear say. I read the exact text under question and it was only one. The others Jim Fog tried to use were ridiculous. I've heard worse in church!! Get your facts straight. Ask Haley if he has actual proof. I did and guess what? He don't.

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    5. You don't have the facts. Harris wouldn't have been non-renewed because of one harmless email. Harris would have stayed to fight if there was nothing to the alligation.... Did you see/read what Jim had? I think you should let it go... Over, done...

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  3. What was the point of this article? To blast Gary Harris and to tell the readers what they already should know, be careful what you post? This makes no sense to me.

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    1. See if this makes any sense to you. It looks like Gary Harris didn't know, or didn't care, about being careful with what he posted. Now do you see the point of Mr. Haley's column?

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    2. And why make an example out of him? Let's start pointing fingers to all who do what Harris did. The only difference? A child-like adult who failed to get his own way, that's it!

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    3. Maybe if the posts had been directed at you, you'd feel differently.

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    4. Take VT back8/11/15, 7:17 PM

      Do YOU KNOW what was said?

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    5. The author of the article should leave well enough alone and should have never mentioned Gary Harris. Thanks to the situation two families left Springfield. Was it worth that? Was it worth another house put up for sale in Springfield?? I think not. It's fine to use the situation as an example but not to drag his name through the mud again!

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    6. 6:10, here's the answer to "why?" Tom Haley is a sports columnist. Gary Harris was a football coach. Put two and two together and you have an article explaining why the football coach was fired. Haley, by explaining why that happened, was doing his job. Seems relatively simple to figure out.

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    7. Listen Jim, I mean anonymous, let's speak facts since some obviously don't know. Gary Harris never posted anything on Social Media. It was a personal text message to his coaching staff/friends back in June 2014. Get the facts straight. The text referred to a player being "black" and the team needing diversity. Sounds like a racist to me. Jim you and mother got your way so let it go. BTW.... The player referred to as being black was so close to Harris that he went to the board and a TV interview on Harris behalf. Sounds like a racist to me. BTW again..... Jim Fog didn't produce one text message unti Jan when he was let go from the staff for lack of performance as a coach. Harris did Fog a huge favor by letting him even play a part on that team and Fog stabbed him in the back when he didn't get his way. Who would want anyone like that on a coaching staff?

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    8. Agree on this one. Jim Fog made the mess. Tom Haley obviously needs a fact check on this one.

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    9. Joe Brown should have conducted himself appropriately. He should have done his job by stopping the situation before it got to the point of him and his family leaving town?

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    10. I wonder why Jim Fog waited so long to report the issues of the text messages? Maybe it was when Harris and Brown decided not to renew his contract? According to sources there was well over 500 text messages, interesting.

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    11. Listen Joe. Oops, I mean Anonymous 5:09. Let's talk about facts...how you have used social media to stabbed coaches in the back to further your own agenda...lies, deceit and mismanagement of the athletic department. No wonder you had to leave town, the State of Vermont. It was the only way you could get a job!

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    12. How many text messages were sent to the coaching staff? What was the tone, context? Let's see them, that would be a start. Also aren't text messages part of social media?

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    13. Actually text messages are NOT social media. social media actually has its own definition. Please educate yourself on the subject. Think about text messages that you send on your own personal time with your friends. BTW... These were nothing like that. The tone was four coaches goofing off and having some fun. Jim Fog tried to use every text message he could to make it a harassment situation. After all of the texts used, the superintendent found one that bothered him. Sorry to tell you but it was only one referring to a player as being "black". Why didn't Harris fight? Hello do you watch the news? He did. The superintendent made a quick judgement call and made a mistake but had to stick to his decision. If you know Gary Harris you know he is no where near being a racist. He's the exact opposite.

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  4. I grew up without social media.
    It evolved without thought.
    is uncontrolled.
    will be the demise of planet earth.
    Think it sucks.

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  5. Now that there are over twenty threads on this: Joe Browns mother should just be quiet before her business crumbled down.

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