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Israel has played two games in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and won both of them. The Netherlands have also played two games and won both, the latter of those coming Wednesday morning in a walk-off against Chinese Tapei. Thanks to the magic of time zones — Israel, the Netherlands, and the rest of Pool A are playing in Seoul — the Netherlands will play their second game of the day at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and it will determine the winner of Pool A.
The Detroit News first reported March 1 that WMU officials had “concerns” that Fleck “had illegal contact with at least one of his former players.” The NCAA bans athletics staffers at any Division I program from contacting another school’s player without the permission of that player’s school. WMU didn’t provide that permission to Fleck.
If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer and the institution shall not provide athletically related financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the second institution for one academic year.
Two days before that Detroit News report came out, WMU announced its leading tackler, linebacker Robert Spillane, would transfer away from the program. That led to widespread dot-connecting: Fleck, some believed, had wooed away his former player.