JOURNAL NEWS: Former Iona Basketball Coach Jeff Ruland Says Nun Gambled Away School Funds in Atlantic City

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Jeff Ruland.jpgThe Journal News has significantly advanced the "Sister Susie" story and even credited Talk of the Sound and the Chronicle of Higher Education for first reporting the story.

Having been critical of the Journal News last week -- online and over the WVOX airwaves -- Talk of the Sound wants to credit the Journal News and their reporters -- Jonathon Bandler, Aman Ali and Noreen O'Donnell -- for what has become a full court press. The story now has the makings of becoming a national news story. The off-handed comment by former Iona College Coach Jeff Ruland that "Sister Susie" had "absconded with some funds or something down to Atlantic City" may prove irresistible to the national media. A question that may be asked was whether Sister Susie was betting on sports and in particular Iona College men's basketball.

Here are some of they key points developed by the Journal News over the past week:

1. A memo to Iona College faculty from Brother Liguori in May 2009 stated that Sister Maria Thornton "would be on leave for six months and then would no longer be with Iona".

2. At the time Thornton was fired, Liguori was being honored by the Journal News and the Westchester County Association as the Journal News Business Leader of the Year.

3. Jeff Ruland made a comment to Mike Francesca on WFAN last March that suggests that "Sister Susie" had a gambling problem.

Ruland, a harsh critic of Liguori, was discussing his dismissal from the school and made a passing reference to the school firing Sister Susie. "I think she absconded with some funds or something down to Atlantic City, but that's neither here nor there," he said with a laugh.

4. KPMG was the auditor for Iona College at the time.

5. Sister Anne Myers of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, "Sister Susie's" order issued a statement today.

"The Sisters of Saint Joseph are committed to a mission of unity of all people with God and one another, therefore we hope for a just resolution to this situation involving Sister Marie Thornton who was an employee of Iona College." Asked about her whereabouts, Myers said "She's in a place of rest and recovery".

UPDATE: "Holy Embezzlement" -- WCBS-TV Channel 2 News picked up the story. They interviewed Andrea Fuller from the Chronicle of Higher Education who we interviewed last week on Talk of the Sound Radio on WVOX.

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southside man on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 13:37

as far as everybody knows at the college, sister was heavily involved with all sports depts including the basketball,where it has been rumored that a lot of wine and dinning was done in Atlantic city on behalf of the Iona basket ball team ,and that she was the one who that was put in charge of it with the full blessing of Iona .

Question ? What happens when the N.C.A.A. finds out about possible rule violations.

Dont forget that nuns take a vow of poverty,maybe she was put in a bad position and used as a scape goat through her dedication to brother ligouri.

Above you all on Thu, 10/28/2010 - 03:15

The government bailed out the banks!

The Nun spent Iona's money at trump and now trump is out of bankruptcy in AC!

What's next free health care!

Roberta the Pos... on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 22:12

Thank god for small favors that sister Susie is something else. You know i used to play raquetball with her. She wasnt much one for rollerblading, but she could sure as a taco lay down a twenty on red or black like the best of them.

Roberta the Postperson