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Mired in an NCAA investigation, Florida basketball coach Norm Sloan used the team's annual preseason media day to launch into a tirade against the print and television types covering his team as the Gators prepared to enter the 1989-90 season as the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title.
"This has been a zoo," Sloan railed. "You people are out of control. You remind me of fishing and throwing chum in the water. The fish go into a frenzy. You ought to turn and look at yourselves once in a while. See the looks on each other's faces. It might pull you up short. You're dealing with honorable human beings who have done a good job professionally and deserve a hell of a lot better than what we've been getting from you."
And "Stormin' Norman" wasn't done.
He went on to deny reports of his pending resignation or termination, then accused the media of reporting stories that "aren't very ethical, not fair and inaccurate as hell. You take license and liberty to take stories and twist them to where it puts us in a posture that is totally erroneous and untrue."
Ten days later, Sloan resigned, on the advice of his attorney, rather than face indictment on federal mail fraud charges stemming from illegal payments to athletes.
UF hired Don DeVoe as interim coach, which is a tale -- make that tales -- for another day, but which also led to the hiring of squeaky clean Lon Kruger (one Final Four), who greased the path for Billy Donovan (two national championships).
There's a plan for everything, right?