UNC Asheville men’s basketball coach, Eddie Biedenbach, a successful and beloved fixture at the school over the past 17 years, recently announced he was leaving for an assistant’s job in Wilmington. His sudden departure for what appears to be a lesser job has raised questions about why, and what was going on behind the scenes.
Asheville Citizen-Times sports reporter Keith Jarrett wrote about Biedenbach’s legacy and touched on one possibility:
Biedenbach grew weary of battling Cone and chancellor Anne Ponder over money issues, and the role the two administrators played in almost costing the Bulldogs home-court advantage in the 2012 BSC tournament damaged their relationships with the veteran coach.
Here’s more background about that controversy regarding the 2012 BSC tournament, which really appeared to me to be a major slight of Biedenbach and all he’s done for UNCA. In a nutshell, here’s what happened: Cone and Ponder waived the right to host the conference championship game, even though the Bulldogs had a great team and were looking to return to the NCAA tournament.
Now, an Ashvegas commenter reports that “Biedenbach and Bulldog fans may not be the only ones weary of the current UNCA administration. Faculty and staff may also be concerned but are fearful.” Someone has set up a public, unauthorized survey here asking people for feedback on Ponder’s performance. From the survey intro:
As you may know, University of North Carolina at Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder is receiving an official periodic evaluation by President Tom Ross of the University of North Carolina. This unauthorized survey has no official role in that evaluation. Members of the community are seeking feedback outside the UNC process. If you wish the results of this survey to be shared with anyone, please indicate so in your comments. This survey will remain open through April 2013.