By THE MICHIGAN JOURNAL SPORTS STAFF
Where is Dymetrius Ware?
It’s a question we’ve been pondering since Jan. 13. To this day, it remains unanswered.
There are many unknowns to his disappearance at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This, however, is what we do know, and reported on our website last week: Ware hasn’t coached the women’s basketball team since a Jan. 9 loss to Aquinas College. Jordan Sweeney, a men’s basketball assistant and head coach of the JV team, has coached the women’s team in an interim role since Jan. 13’s game against Madonna University.
Ware hasn’t coached the team in nearly a month, but is he still the women’s basketball coach? No idea. The athletic department website’s directory still lists him in the role (along with his role as Intramural Coordinator), though he was previously taken off the directory for a brief period.
The lone formal comment from the university came on Jan. 15 from Vice Chancellor of External Relations Ken Kettenbeil, who said that “Mr. Ware is still employed by the University of Michigan-Dearborn.” Athletic Director Matt Beaudry said that evening that he would send Michigan Journal sports editor Jeramy Stover an email regarding Ware, but has yet to do so.
It isn’t difficult to announce that a coach has been fired or has resigned. It happens all the time at other universities, such as UM-Dearborn’s sister campus, the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Making the announcement is common practice.
Yet, by sweeping this situation under the rug, UM-Dearborn loses credibility and the ability to be trusted. Students, faculty, fans and the even public — all who contribute to the athletic department through tuition, donations and admission prices — deserve to know what is going on with their university.
As a public university, UM-Dearborn should operate with transparency. But it has done anything besides that when it comes to Ware.