Back to Bowen Cancelled, Glenn Bryant Cleared to Play
While we are all still a little dazed from the events of the past weekend, news from the leviathan that is the Eastern Michigan University athletic department continues.
First of all, there has been speculation and uncertainty as to the status of Glenn Bryant. I have learned that Glenn is indeed fully reinstated to the basketball team, but is on probationary status for the fall semester. I want to emphasize that the probationary status is with the athletic department, and not meant in a legal sense. All charges regarding Glenn’s arrest were dropped.
Seeing as how the charges were dropped, and that University of Missouri head coach Frank Haith only gets a five game suspension for blatantly lying to the NCAA about some seriously shady financial activities, I can’t find any reason to disagree with the decision to reinstate him — on the condition that he dots his i’s, crosses his t’s, minds his p’s and q’s, or any other letter related clichés one finds applicable.
Also, the Back to Bowen duo of games have been cancelled, at least the Bowen part of it. The games will be played at the Convo instead, same bat time, same bat channel. I heard rumblings a week ago that there were logistical difficulties with bringing hoops for a glorious return to Bowen Field House, or as John Fountain used to call it, “The old barn on West Circle Drive.” My guess is that these challenges proved to be too costly to justify playing the games at Bowen.
Before anyone gets too weepy about the Bowen games being cancelled, it should be known that the setup for the games was not going to be the old school version we all remember so well. Bowen used to be set up with the court running perpendicular to the “overhang” area, with two long sets of bleachers running along the length of the court. I was informed that the Back to Bowen games were going to have the court run parallel to the overhang, with the bulk of the seating located in the overhang area. (That marks the most times I have ever used the word “overhang” in a paragraph.)
It would have been fun, and I don’t fault the athletic department for giving it a shot. The Bowen games were something Rob Murphy really wanted, and I appreciate his sense of history. I think the Bowen experiment is probably over, and while it was an interesting concept, let us not forget that Eastern now plays in a veritable basketball palace over on Hewitt.
A final thought, I decided one topic I will not be bringing up this hoops season is the attendance issue. Quite frankly, I’m tired of it. I have long said that EMU basketball is the best sports value in the Metro Detroit area, and I stand by that statement. This season promises to be an exciting one, if Eastern can deal with a monstrously difficult non-conference schedule. If it’s just the usual group of die-hards there to bear witness, then so be it.