This past week has been very trying for the Montana State University-Northern community.
Coach Mark Samson is a highly respected individual in the state of Montana. When he was told he had to resign or be fired, it cut deep into the many supporters of the MSU-Northern program.
Yes, what he did was wrong, but if you look deep into it and why, you will see that the real blame starts with the leadership at MSU-Northern. MSU-Northern really dropped the ball on this one.
Mr. Jim Limbaugh gets his check, and a very sizable one at that, every month, a home, a vehicle, he has almost no expenses. It's easy for him to go month to month not worrying about when his next paycheck is coming.
The young coaches that help at all the sports camps are living paycheck to paycheck. They don't have someone covering all their expenses. They cannot wait for the dollars to be deposited into a MSU-Northern account and slowly make it through the system and finally get a check 30 or 60 days later.
A simple bookkeeping system could have been set up to get the checks to the supporting coaches at the end of the camp. Mr. Limbaugh really does not care about the students. If you really listen to him speak it's about what he is doing.
Last Wednesday I attended the volleyball scrimmage in the MSU-Northern gym, we all sat in the gym that was at least 80 degrees. He has been aware of this problem since he arrived on campus. Still, nothing is being done to fix it. You can bet his office is comfortable all the time.
Last week, I heard Mr. Limbaugh speak at a club, and he spoke of how he has hired 38 new employees. He did not speak of the 42-plus that are no longer at MSU-Northern.
Mr. Limbaugh is not respected in the MSU-Northern community, he is not part of the local community and does not support the local community.
MSU President Waded Cruzado, Montana Board of Regents Chairperson Paul Tuss, it is time you listen to the supporters of MSU-Northern. Mr. Limbaugh should be treated the same way he treats his employees. It is time for him to leave.
I have been a very strong supporter of Montana State University, Northern Montana College and MSU-Northern for many years. I will continue to support the students of MSU and MSU-Northern. I cannot and will not support the lack of leadership at MSU-Northern.
Hill County resident