CSU's Tracy Dildy critical of UIC

Updated: October 15, 2010, 10:24 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

First-year Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy isn't afraid to speak his mind, and that's especially true when it comes to Illinois-Chicago.

A former UIC player and assistant coach, Dildy left the Flames' staff and took the Chicago State position in July after he believed he was going to be bypassed as Jimmy Collins' successor. On Wednesday night, Dildy took a few shots at his old team and its first-year coach Howard Moore after the Flames recently canceled their scheduled game with Chicago State for this season.

"The way it was told to me was that the new coach went in and said they didn't want to play the game," Dildy said. "The way the contract was structured, there was no penalty. There was nothing we could do.

"For a team to call in September and give up a home game, there's something to it. I have no doubt that they were scared they would lose, and it would hurt them in recruiting. I have no doubt. They have lost the last two times against Chicago State -- the scrimmage [last season] and at UIC [in 2005]. Those are the facts."

Moore wasn't taking the bait.

"I have no comment," Moore said. "We decided not to play for other reasons that I'm not going to get into. I'm going to take the high road on this. I have no comment."

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.