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.