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More trouble for Dominguez coach Otis

By Jimmy Durkin
Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 10:52 am in Uncategorized.

The legal troubles for Russell Otis, the coach of the Dominguez-Compton boys basketball team that McClymonds beat in last year’s CIF Division I state title game, continue to grow. He has been on administrative leave from his coach and AD job this year while under investigation for sexual misconduct toward a player and has now been charged in that case. Now additional charges are being levied for allegedly depositing a sponsorship check from Nike for the basketball program (although he defends that all funds were used for the basketball team) and accepting a stipend for coaching a golf team at Dominguez that doesn’t exist. This all comes just eight years after a 2001 charge of sexual misconduct toward to a player, charges that he was acquitted on. I don’t like to pass personal judgement on people that I don’t personally know, but I have to say I’m amazed this guy still has a coaching job — at least for now.

His behavior at last year’s title game was a good indication of his character. He stayed down at the baseline instead of coming to half court to shake Mack’s players hands during pregame introductions. When several reporters were speaking with Mack coach Dwight Nathaniel in a Arco Arena hallway after the game, he walked by and offered up congratulations — without even so much as looking at him. The reporters all had our back to Otis, but Nathaniel relayed that to me afterward. He seemed to think his team was so far superior to Mack that he reportedly didn’t even scout the Warriors, something that obviously proved costly. I’ll be interested to see how this case goes. He’s due back in court March 30.

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  • EBAL FAN

    GOLF at Dominguez, that’s one of the best I have ever heard.

  • Kenny Edwards OAL FANATIC

    Come on EBAL fan, what you mean by that comment? Not saying I believe Coach Otis, but why can’t Dominguez have a golf team? Is it really that far fetched? The OAL has several golf teams if that’s what you’re getting at(at least they did when I was in high school)… But I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way, I know you’re far more intelligent than that.

  • High School Sports Junkie

    sounds like this guy may get his next coaching gig at San Quentin high

  • EBAL FAN

    Kenny, purely an attack on Russell Otis. How that guy is still walking the streets amazes me.

  • NCS SVU

    SoCal basketball seems to be very tolerant of misconduct as long as they are winning and bringing in shoe contracts. As far as this year goes, I heard from a friend of mine that a few of the SoCal teams might be having problems with grades and eligibility. Whose governs this and what would happen if it is discovered that ineligible players played on a championship team?

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/prepcorner/2009/02/04/chris-martin-to-notre-dame/ bbfan2

    I agree with NCS SVU,

    what does happen if they find out later?

  • Kenny Edwards OAL FANATIC

    EBAL Fan… In that case, I agree!

    On another hand, I’m pretty surprised about these stories. I’ve had several cousins play for Otis at Dominguez, and he’s produced some excellent talent. Seems weird that he’s gotten away with these actions for so long.

  • YouAllKnew

    YOU ALL ARE GUILTY!!!!!
    I know I was there! You laughed and made jokes about it, while me as well as all the students knew the truth. OTIS is a MONSTER!!! You all are GUILTY, all for a winning Basketball Team, I hope it was worth all the minds he f*cked up! They need to burn down Dominguez, it’s nothing but Teachers/Staff looking for opt. to f*ck students, ask enough students from that time frame! This is CRAZY!! It’s been more then 14 years since I graduated and this man is still creating nightmares, do you know how many lives YOU have allowed him to destroy. But no one F*cken cares, we are just a bunch of black kids from COMPTON!!!!!

  • linda foster-leblanc

    We (you) should all just keep quiet. I Otis had done something “all that” awful–it will come out in the courts.
    I like Otis and will always support him. I am a FRIEND.

    I lived in Compton, taught at Davis JR, and Dominguez HS. The person that said he was f’ed up most likely, is.

    Linda

  • rayray

    WELL I JUST GRAD FROM DOMINGUEZ IN 2008 AND IM SURE WE DIDNT HAVE KNOW DAMN GOLF TEAM…AND IF WE DID THEY WAS HIDDENING IT…AND COACH O SEEMED LIKE A NICE GUY BUT HEY U NEVER KNOW I AINT NEVER GONNA SAY HE DID OR HE DIDNT DO THESE THINGS BUT AFTER HIS FIRST CHARGE HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO WORK AROUND KIDS AGAIN..IM JUST SAYING