You might remember Jeff Schemmel. He resigned as San Diego State athletic director in 2009 after an investigation by the school found that Schemmel requested reimbursement for expenses made for an extramarital affair in Alabama.
Schemmel is now managing director, college division of JMI Sports, an athletics consulting firm which was co-founded by John Moores. Moores is being forced to sell the San Diego Padres because of he recently got a divorce. His ex-wife claimed in court documents that Moores had an affair during their marriage.
This spring, Schemmel helped Colorado State find a new basketball coach. The final two candidates were former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, who was investigated by school officials in 2005 after rumblings that he had an affair with the daughter of a booster. The school eventually cleared Kent, but he was fired in 2010.
Unfortunately for Kent, he didn't get the Colorado State job. It went to Larry Eustachy, who spent the past eight seasons at Southern Mississippi. Before that, Eustachy was at Iowa State. He resigned that job after photos circulated of him kissing young women and holding a beer at an off-campus party at Missouri hours after the Tigers defeated Eustachy's Cyclones. Eustachy was married at the time, but has since gotten a divorce.
So, as Brent Schrotenboer of U-T San Diego points out, these four individuals — Schemmel, Moores, Kent and Eustachy — share an embarrassing trait: public ordeals related to personal indiscretions.
Yes, second chances can pay off. And it often helps in getting that opportunity when you share something in common with the person giving you the boost.
Thanks to Mike.