Leading off today:
Well, this is awkward.
Frank Dinnocenzio, ousted after four seasons as Newburgh Free Academy boys basketball coach in the aftermath of a class-cutting scandal, will interview for a return to the job, the Times Herald-Record reported.
Dinnocenzio's competition includes Matt Brown, who has led the Goldbacks to the Section 9 Class AA playoffs in six of his seven seasons since taking over from Dinnocenzio.
Dinnocenzio reportedly requested letters of reference to be forwarded to Superintendent Roberto Padilla, AD Edgar Glascott and school board member Phil Howard.
The paper reported in 2011 that the core of Newburgh's 2009 NYSPHSAA championship team skipped more than 1,000 classes but remained eligible to play during Dinnocenzio's tenure as coach. Dinnocenzio has denied knowledge of players cutting school.
Brown's teams have met attendance and grade requirements set by the school board, and he established a tutoring program for players.
Dinnocenzio has been an assistant coach at NFA in girls basketball, football and boys lacrosse since the scandal.
Wilbur Aldridge, regional director of the NAACP, issued scathing criticism of Dinnocenzio.
"Unless Newburgh as a school district has a void that is extremely desperate and there are no other qualified candidates to be found in the entire United States, I don't why they would consider someone that had done such a despicable act to those people," Aldridge said.
Sage observations: "A new high school sports season is upon us. Players, coaches, officials and administrators are doing their part to prepare.
That's what Daily Messenger sports editor Bob Chavez asked fans in a weekend column.
Chavez notes that bad fan behavior is hardly new. But the video "record" button on smartphones is just one click away, so cameras capture the blowback after (alleged) missed calls or botched assignments.
"It's maddening when the opponent scores and it's aggravating to watch mistakes unfold," he writes.
"But do you know what's even worse?
"Overbearing parents and/or obnoxious fans."
Further, he notes, "There is nothing sadder in the world of high school sports than seeing an athlete check the stands after a rough moment. It happens more than you think, and