Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Guru Disqualified From AP Varsity

By Mel Greenberg

With Friday's release of the annual Associated Press preseason women's poll the Guru is aware of that when the accompanying list of print/online and broadcast voters is also published, it will be noticed that the Guru's name will be missing from the panel.

The reason is that when the Guru left the Inquirer last April it meant that he was no longer employed fulltime at a affiliated member of the national wire service.

Though there is a strong possibility he may have to replace himself at his old beat to handle local men's and women's coverage this winter -- it's just talk at the moment -- he would still be considered a stringer/freelancer, a category that remains, for now, taboo at the AP in terms of voting.

A high ranking AP sports executive in an amicable discussion told the Guru the issue would re-thought over the winner in terms of the qualifications for being on the panel next season.

Of course, if any of you know a sugar daddy/mommy who has the bucks to buy the Guru an AP affiliation for the blog you are reading -- just a joke.

Anyhow the Guru is putting this out there now to just to state a few things.

First and foremost do not start throwing verbal and email bricks at the Guru's good friend Doug Feinberg, the AP national women's writer who compiled the list of voters.

It is not his call -- the Guru was well aware this could occur when he departed his weekly paycheck last spring.

The Guru will still maintain the poll history and be ready at the drop of a hat to give Doug the readouts he needs each week. Also, the Guru will continue to report here on AP women's milestones in terms of the ranking.

In some ways, the Guru is actually enabled to look at some other projects as they arise which otherwise might also have created havoc with voting status.

And the Guru is already exploring the idea of returning to the poll business in early January with a special creative type of weekly rankings the rest of the way. So those of you reading this -- coaches, adminstrative types, even WNBA types along with other former collegians and former print writers -- who would like to become part of a small council of elders feel free to drop a line.

That said, the Guru returns you to his regular coverage and as promised last spring we will continue in the ongoing relationships and friendships we have developed over the years even if the way we do it becomes somewhat different.

-- Mel

4 Comments:

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