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03-02-2007, 11:44 AM
Ray G. out at Utah


Fr.Ganz to be mens team Chaplain

As for placing chaplains in other varsity sports, Mike Roth, Gonzaga's athletic director, said the Jesuits will never force themselves into a situation because they want to be invited in and available on a personal level.

Efforts are under way to place a chaplain on the men's varsity basketball team as well. Fr. Rick Ganz, S.J., has met with Head Coach Mark Few and the players in preparation for becoming the team's first chaplain since 2002 when Rev. Tony Lehmann, S.J., died from leukemia.


03-02-2007, 11:53 AM
The news concerning Fr. Ganz is very welcome. I think enough time has passed since Fr. Tony's passing to where its appropriate to have another priest on the bench.

As for Ray....all I can say is that Salt Lake City is very hard to recruit to. Even the Fat Man, after he reached the national title game, couldn't manage to recruit the players to consistently make Utah into a top 25 team.

03-02-2007, 11:54 AM
Kind of a bad news / good news thing.

Looking forward to having a Jesuit on the GU bench.

03-02-2007, 11:55 AM
Fr. Ganz is a fantastic man, and will be a great chaplain.

03-02-2007, 11:56 AM
Wow ... and wow.

Poor Ray ... wonder what his defensive coaching philosophy is ... ?

And as far as the team chaplain, it's obvious nobody is rushing into a replacement position. I have faith that the right one will be chosen at the right time ....

03-02-2007, 11:56 AM
Talk about Yin and Yang.

Very much in favor of a Jesuit on the bench.

I'm sure Ray will land on his feet, its sad and a little frustrating though. :mad:

03-02-2007, 12:10 PM
As the article mentioned, I think there was some trepidation on the rest of the Jesuits to "fill the shoes" of Fr. Tony since he was such an integral and iconic figure for the mens basketball team.

03-02-2007, 12:38 PM
After speaking about the chaplan issue with several Jesuits over the past 3 months or so, it was evident that this had been in the works for some time. As the article correctly pointed out, it was an issue among several members of the Jesuit community on campus who regularly attend games and maintain interest in the team where they felt that it might be time for a Jesuit to be asked to be chaplain. In fact, many of the Jesuits on campus follow the team quite closely and attend both home and even some away games. Fr. Ganz is a wonderful person, and he will be a great fit for the team. I am happy that this situation was handled with so much respect and reverence for the many years of dedicated service provided by Fr. Tony. GO ZAGS!

03-02-2007, 02:45 PM
What do you think of that?

03-02-2007, 02:47 PM
What do you think of that?
The GU staff would hate that!

From what I've read - Few & Ray G are really good freinds and Few also thinks Ray G is an amazing coach. I don't think Few liked playing EWU when he was the coach.

03-02-2007, 02:48 PM

03-02-2007, 04:43 PM
The A.D. at Utah is now vehemently denying that Ray was forced out....that he just "retired" on his own.

03-02-2007, 07:45 PM
How many coaches resign and still get a buyout? Plus, having him sign a confidentiality agreement? Hill sounds like an arrogant S.O.B. Not taking any responsibility.

03-02-2007, 09:34 PM
If Grier or Rice left, might Ray G. work as Asst. Head Coach w/ Few ?

Or is that just way too far fetched ?

03-03-2007, 09:43 AM
Zags3Pups: How many coaches resign and still get a buyout? Plus, having him sign a confidentiality agreement? Hill sounds like an arrogant S.O.B. Not taking any responsibility.

my guess is there was a buyout provision. how else could UT get RG, or anyone, to sign long term deal and then make him go away ?

03-03-2007, 03:33 PM
Jesuit on the bench..Hooray - Fr. Tony married my wife and I, was great to us, and was a great friend of the team for years! I am so glad that our Jesuit, Catholic heritage will be on ESPN again, I just wish more Catholic teams would do it.