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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:08 AM

(Chess) Coach wins national title, takes entire team to new school

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/04/texas-tech-chess-coach-wins-national-title-resigns-and-takes-entire-team/1#.T38GTS9_BRI



Some call it brazen, others unprecedented, but it is certainly shocking: A Texas coach resigns and takes the entire team to another school within hours of winning a Final Four national championship.

But it's a done deal: Texas Tech chess coach Susan Polgar is moving her all-star squad of seven chess grandmasters to private Webster University in suburban St. Louis, home to the World Chess Hall of Fame and the U.S. national championships, the Associated Press reports.

"The program grew rapidly, and Texas Tech wasn't ready to grow with the speed of the program," says Polgar, who founded the program there in 2007. "St. Louis today is the center of chess in America. It just seemed like a perfect fit."

Her players will also have access to the swanky new Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, a 6,000-square-foot shrine to the game that was bankrolled by local businessmen.

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Reply (Chess) Coach wins national title, takes entire team to new school (Original post)
steve2470 Apr 2012 OP
ChairmanAgnostic Apr 2012 #1
trumad Apr 2012 #2
MADem Apr 2012 #3
d_r Apr 2012 #4
Johonny Apr 2012 #5
Egalitarian Thug Apr 2012 #6
hughee99 Apr 2012 #7
Brickbat Apr 2012 #8

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:11 AM

1. as the average IQ in Texas schools continues its dive towards Rick Perry's level.

Alas, that poor state.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:14 AM

2. Boy that seems like a group that likes to Party.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:14 AM

3. I'd go! Particularly if it included tuition, room and board!

College is expensive nowadays--anyone who can get a free ride, should!


The Texas Tech students transferring to Webster in the fall will receive scholarships. At Tech, the program had a $30,000 pot for the entire team, but Polgar noted that some top chess schools award individual students that amount.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:43 AM

4. won't the ncaa require them to sit out a year?

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Response to d_r (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:34 PM

5. don't think it's a NCAA registered sprot

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:23 PM

6. What? Texas Tech doesn't "believe in the free market"?

 

If they really wanted these geeks to stay, they could cut the 5th string of their football program and fund some perqs.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:27 PM

7. They have to save up for potential "Mike Leach related" lawsuits. n/t

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:34 PM

8. I find this story hilarious.

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