Bryce Miller: Make decision on Tom Mihalovich, Lincoln now

Bryce Miller: Make decision on Tom Mihalovich, Lincoln now

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Bryce Miller: Make decision on Tom Mihalovich, Lincoln now

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It’s now more than a month since Des Moines Public Schools officials suspended Lincoln football coach Tom Mihalovich and two assistant coaches to investigate questions related to the discipline of a former player.
Or more to the point, it’s been far too long.
The district continues to allow the future of those coaches — and by default players, a school and a community — to dangle over the emotional cliff.
An initial complaint from the family of former sophomore player Dante Campero, who has since transferred to Dowling, led to the suspensions on Sept. 4. I considered writing that the process was taking too long two weeks ago — but found out questions beyond the initial complaint had prolonged the timeline.
But enough is enough.
We’ve now entered the start of the fifth week since the suspension. Universities make retain-or-fire decisions with million-dollar coaches in a fraction of the time — despite the possible financial and liability minefields those high-profile, high-dollar jobs create.
Everyone believes in and understands due process. And due diligence. And any other “dues” that need added to the laundry list.
If Mihalovich is fired, though, it’s best for all involved that to announce that sooner rather than later — even though it’s felt like “later” for a while now. If Mihalovich is retained, he and the program already are penalized by default by missing more than half of football’s regular season.
The Register’s editorial page staff owns a long tradition of awarding “roses and thistles” on its pages for decisions made across the state. Des Moines Public Schools has earned a thistle of its own for allowing this to drag on as kids and community wait, twisting painfully in the wind.
Make a decision now.
Bryce Miller is the sports columnist for the Des Moines Register. He can be reached at (515) 284-8288 or brmiller@dmreg.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Bryce_A_Miller

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