Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.
My first Laurel goes to the University of Louisville baseball team, which will be hosting its third straight NCAA super regional this coming weekend, with a return to Omaha for the College World Series on the line. Coach Dan McDonnell is truly one of the top men in his profession, and last week's announcement that Tom Jurich has now made him the highest-paid college baseball coach in the nation means he'll likely be here for a long time to come.
But a Dart goes to the U.S. Department of Education for the role it played in the recently-announced closing of St. Catharine College near Bardstown. While a decline in enrollment and various debts put this 85 year old institution in desperate financial straits, the final death blow was administered by the DOE when it incorrectly withheld up to 1.13 million dollars in financial aid to the school - an error the department has admitted to.
Another example of real human damage caused by bureaucratic ineptitude.
And finally, a Laurel goes to the Muhammad Ali Center for welcoming active duty military personnel for free through Labor Day. Since his battles against the draft back in the sixties, many military people have had less than fond opinions about the man many call "The Greatest," but maybe this gesture will provide a small first step in healing that rift. And the timing couldn't be more appropriate.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.