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About a month after being named the Hofstra Pride’s new coach, formerFriar coach, Tim Welsh, was arrested for

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DWI. Early this morning Welsh was stopped by a police car in Levittown (Long Island), NY.  He was given a Breathalyzer and allegedly blew a 0.18.  Hofstra University has already taken action:

“We have learned through media reports of the charges against Mr. Welsh.  Effective immediately, he has been suspended without pay, while the University investigates the charges against him.”

As this story is relatively new, these are the only major developments as of yet, but we will try to stay updated with the ultimate action the University will take.

Ahhh, you never like hearing about a story like this.  It really is too bad.  We were happy for Tim Welsh, we had a good little run as an analyst, but then it seemed like he was going to settle into a good fit at Hofstra.  Not so much.  Not even a month on the job and this happens.  It’s disappointing.  We aren’t about to get all preachy about drunk driving, but there is clearing no place for it ever, and that’s all we have to say about it.

Similar situations have hurt other college coaches in recent memory, it will be interesting to see what Hofstra’s ultimate disciplinary action is.  You do have to give the University credit for taking swift action in the suspension though.

We really do hope it works out for Time Welsh at Hofstra, but he has just made for a very difficult start.  Hopefully he gets his stuff together, and doesn’t make any more bonehead moves like driving drunk.  But after he is disciplined by the school and by the law, we hope he can have success as a basketball coach.

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The off season coaching carousel continues with former PC Head Coach Tim Welshheading to Hofstra University to take over the reigns.  He will replace former coach Tom Pecora who left to take the Fordham job.  Welsh has signed on for a five year deal with the Pride, and a press conference will be held tomorrow to officially introduce him.

As most all of us know, Coach Welsh spent the last couple years working with SNY/Comcast/ ESPN as both a studio analyst and a game commentator.  He was well liked in those positions, but wanted to get back into coaching.  His name had been linked with the Seton Hall job earlier on and the Siena job more recently; however, Welsh has found his home in Long Island with Hofstra.

We wish Tim Welsh all the luck in the world.  Sure Hofstra is a couple steps down from the BIG EAST, but it was a launching pad for such coaches as Jay Wright.  Welsh has great success on the Mid-Major level with Iona so maybe that will translate over to Hofstra.  Who knows maybe, Welsh does well at Hofstra and finds himself back in a major coaching position.  But anyway, while we liked Welsh as a TV analyst we are happy that he has gotten himself back into the coaching game.  Good luck, and we will check in to see how he does next season.