Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rouse in oblivion five years after Baylor scandal

By Dana O'Neil
Every night it's the same. He leaves his one-bedroom apartment, hops in his 10-year-old car and clocks in to work at the factory in Wichita Falls, Texas. For eight hours, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., he makes airplane parts.

When his shift is over, he gets back in his beat-up Toyota Corolla and goes back to his depressing apartment. He sleeps until 2 p.m. and in the afternoon, he might drop a few more résumés in the mail.
He is beyond broke. His credit cards are maxed out, his credit ruined. He has humbled himself and borrowed from his mother, tapping her out almost as badly as himself. Desperately in need of overtime pay, he has not taken more than two days off in a month since the fall.

This was not Abar Rouse's plan. For six years after graduating from Baylor University, he chased his dream of becoming a top-level college basketball coach. He lived in the tiny outposts necessary to climb the coaching ladder before landing at his alma mater, finally an assistant coach at a Division I university.

Three months later, it was over.
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The story does have an LSC connection. Rouse attended Midwestern State for a year, and was a graduate assistant under Jeff Ray after Baylor did not retain him. Kudos to coach Ray for trying to do the right thing.
Thank you to our anonymous friend for forwarding this story to us.

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