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From the Outback Bowl: Sadly, Curley doesn't sound dissatisfied with DeChellis

December 30, 2010 - Cory Giger
TAMPA, Fla. -- Penn State athletic director Tim Curley dodged a lot of questions Wednesday about Joe Paterno's future and did the same when asked about men's basketball coach Ed DeChellis.

I am already on record saying DeChellis should be fired if this season spirals out of control in Big Ten play. An overwhelming majority of Nittany Lion fans feel the same about DeChellis, whose program has regressed badly since winning the NIT title two seasons ago.

I asked Curley what he would say to fans in the "Ed must go" crowd.

"I'd say let's see how the rest of the season plays out," the AD said. "They're working real hard. The staff -- I really enjoy the staff. They're really focused on what they're doing. Let's just support the team and give them all our support and try to -- it's a tough conference, and let's give them all the support we can and hopefully we'll see success down the road."

DeChellis has had plenty of time to prove himself in seven seasons, so no one wants to hear things like "down the road." That's akin to something like a five-year plan for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Enough is enough, and people are tired of waiting after seeing the program go 35-93 in the Big Ten under DeChellis. They're tired of waiting for the program to become anything but mediocre at best and embarrassing at worst.

Curley attended Monday's 69-60 win at Indiana and referred to that when asked if he has seen progress during the DeChellis era.

"I certainly saw it last night, or the other night," Curley said. "It was really well done, and the kids played well and played hard.

"We had a really nice win there," Curley added. "We're looking forward to Sunday against Michigan, and they played really well on [Monday]. We're really just looking forward to the Big Ten season and see where we go from there. But I was really pleased the way they played the other night."

OK, fine, so be pleased about a conference road win. Just don't give DeChellis, who is signed through 2014, another contract extension for it like they did after measly NIT appearances.

There are four experienced seniors on this team, including standout Talor Battle, and the program is still in sad shape. Can you imagine what things will look like next year without Battle?

Who can Penn State beat next year?

Cut ties with DeChellis, start over and see what someone else can do.

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