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Earleywine opens up about firing by Missouri, Athletic Director Sterk

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This is a story about the winningest coach in the history of the University of Missouri.

In any sport.

Winning, you would think, would be embraced at the school, especially since the trophy case hasn't been bulging at the seams with success in recent years.

But apparently, unless you win nice, it seems you're no longer welcome. It's what our schools and our society have become.

So very sad, but so very true.

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ON FRIDAY, MISSOURI SOFTBALL COACH EHREN EARLEYWINE attended what he thought was a routine meeting with Athletic Director Jim Sterk. It was a meeting, after all, that had been scheduled for more than a month.

The subject was supposed to deal with the school's new mission statement called Winning Right. "They made an acronym out of the word Right," Earleywine said in an exclusive interview late Saturday night. "I think the R stands for respect, the I is integrity, and so on and so forth.

"That's what I thought it was about, and there was actually a piece of paper that had Right written on it when I sat down."

"So that's what we're going to discuss?" Earleywine asked Sterk.

"Yes, that's what we were going to discuss, but the circumstances have changed."

Earleywine felt a jolt of lighting shoot through him.

"I knew right then," he said," it wasn't good."

Read the rest of the story here.

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