Moving On

Former Iowa State men's basketball coach Wayne Morgan held a press conference today addressing his current situation involving his dismissal at Iowa State and the D-1 Scheduling scandal. The press conference was held at the Gateway Hotel in Ames in an extremely small room that barley held all of the media in attendance. Joining Morgan was his entire coaching staff and players from last season.

Former Iowa State men's basketball coach Wayne Morgan held a press conference today addressing his current situation involving his dismissal at Iowa State and the D-1 Scheduling scandal. The press conference was held at the Gateway Hotel in Ames in an extremely small room that barley held all of the media in attendance. Joining Morgan was his entire coaching staff and players from last season.

                                

Farnold Degand was the only Iowa State player who was not spotted at least once at the presser.

 

Morgan's obvious goal during the presser was to clear his name in regards to the D-1 Scheduling scandal. Morgan said numerous times that his staff and him did nothing wrong.

 

"I did nothing wrong. Jamie Pollard did nothing wrong. Coach (Damon) Archibald did nothing wrong," said Morgan.

 

The following are notes taken from the press conference.

 

•Morgan started off the press conference by thanking President Gregory Geoffrey and former athletic director Bruce Van De Velde. He thanked the people of Ames for taking in his family and he thanked his wife Mary Beth for the support that she gave him over the years. Morgan said that he had many great times at ISU and he went on to read off a list of his accomplishments at Iowa State.

           

•Morgan stated that every player on his roster is scheduled to graduate on time.

 

Morgan then went on to discuss the situation involving Anthony Davis.

 

•Morgan said that he's known Davis since 1999.

"We share a strong and common bond," said Morgan.

He said that the bond he and Davis share has nothing at all to do with D-1 Scheduling.

 

•Morgan said that the appropriate administration made sure that D-1 Scheduling was legit.

 

Morgan talked about his reputation

 

•Morgan said that in 32 years of coaching he's developed a great reputation and has earned a lot of respect across the country. He simply said that would not change.

 

•Morgan said that he would remember Ames as the city that he grew to live. Iowa State will always be a positive part of his career.

 

The Firing

 

•Morgan said that he had no indication until last week that he would be fired.

 

•When asked about a possible lawsuit with the university, Morgan said that he was still dazzled by what happened. He then when back to defending the fact that he did nothing wrong.

 

•Morgan said that he has gotten a lot of support from numerous coaches, friends and people in the community after his firing.

 

His Players

 

•When asked about his players, the room got extremely emotional.

"These guys know that I love them I know that they love me," said Morgan.

At this time, Rahshon Clark actually stepped out of the room due to tears forming in his eyes.

 

•Morgan said that his players staying is a decision that they will have to make with their families. He then said that most would probably stay at ISU.

 

 

Rallying the troops

 

•Morgan again went back to defending his name. He stated that he wants the entire country to understand that he and his staff did nothing wrong.

 

•He asked for the local media to take the coverage of this press conference and run with it so the rest of the country would think of him in a positive way.

 

Greg McDermott

 

•Morgan was informed at the press conference by the media that Greg McDermott would be his replacement

 

•Morgan said that McDermott is a good coach and that he has nothing to do with this situation.

 

On Jamie Pollard

 

•Morgan said that Pollard had a right to his own vision.

 

To conclude, Morgan thanked the media for being there and then emotionally hugged all of his players and many members of the media.

 

Cyclone Nation will have a complete transcription of the day's events and quotes from numerous players at a later time.

 

 


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