More trouble for Dominguez coach Otis

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.

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Incredible act of generosity

This is one of those stories that you can’t help but be touched by. After reading Tuesday’s story about McClymonds High’s financial road block to staying in a hotel during their trip to the state finals this weekend, a group of parents from the Monte Vista boys and girls basketball program got together and have compiled $1,100 to donate to the McClymonds program. This is just one of those things that make you truly appreciate how good and generous people can be. I have a story going in tomorrow’s papers and it’s already posted online.


Bay Area Prep Report — Feedback?

Our new design for prep sports made its debut today and I thought it would be great to get some feedback from the Prep Corner readers that also receive the newspaper.  Let us know what you think of the new layout and if you have any concerns or suggestions for us. Also, let us know what you like!