Mueh still upset over Mooney's departure
Air Force: Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh said whoever replaces former basketball coach Chris Mooney will have a contract with a buy-out clause that could make it more difficult to leave.
Mooney left for Richmond last week just days after a five-year deal took effect.
"For him to ink a five-year contract starting the first of May and then to bolt on the (fifth) of May is amazing to me," Mueh told the Gazette newspaper Monday. "There are very few contracts that mean anything anymore. That's really sad in this business."
Mueh said Air Force didn't ask Mooney for a buyout clause, which could have required Richmond or Mooney to pay a penalty for terminating it, because the school waived it for Joe Scott to return to his alma mater, Princeton.
Mooney was an assistant at the school for four years before compiling an 18-12 record last season, his first as head coach.
Air Force began its search process Monday. Mueh said associate head coach Mike McKee and assistant coach Larry Mangino will be interviewed along with other candidates.
Washington: Paul Fortier, a former all-conference player at Washington, was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Fortier, 40, joins the Huskies coaching staff after spending two years as an assistant at Cornell. He replaces Ken Bone, who became the head coach at Portland State on April 25.
"We're very excited to have Paul back with us. He definitely showed that he wants to be here and that is important," Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Fortier was an all-Pac-10 selection in 1986 after averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Huskies, and was a four-year letterman. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets, but never played in the NBA, instead spending 17 years playing for teams in Italy, France, Spain and Greece.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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