I'd better choose my words carefully here, or Andrew Giuliani, son of New York City mayor Rudolf Giuliani, may sue me for calling him a washout golfer who couldn't hack it on the Duke University golf team. So I won't say that.
But Giuliani's suing Duke University and his coach, Orrin Vincent, in the United States District Court (MDNC) for saying essentially the same thing. As I read the Complaint, Giuliani seems to be alleging that his golf scholarship (though it's difficult to say whether he actually had one, as he refers to paying $200,000 as "consideration" for coming) at Duke is a contract, requiring the University to provide four years' tuition, room and board, not terminable at the will of Duke. For things like, say, being a subpar golf player. As a consequence, little Andrew will have to forego the lucrative PGA career that surely awaited him, in favor of, I dunno, law school.
As a public service, I have downloaded the 29 page complaint from the Federal District Court 's website, so that everyone can know how poorly Andrew Giuliani has been treated by Duke (Go Carolina!), in some of the purplest legal prose I've read in a dog's age.
A few quick thoughts:
We can take this as confirmation that Rudy Giuliani will not be McCain's VP nominee, and that perhaps McCain told him so when they met on Sunday. The famously volatile mayor surely approved this suit, but would never have done so if he'd been planning to run. Or could this be the doing of Donna Hanover? I recall reading that hizzoner had reconciled with his kids after the pain of the divorce, but that was when the man was campaigning for himself rather than John McCain.
Andrew Giuliani is suing based on promises allegedly made by his former (deceased) coach Rod Myers during recruitment. Are such promises binding on future coaches, or the University, especially when not reduced to writing? Is a scholarship offer not revocable for bad behavior and subpar (12th out of 14 on the team according to ESPN) play?
Also, Duke is notorious (even among top universities) for its aggressive pursuit of the children of the rich and famous, who can help to increase the University's standing and endowment. The school is well-known for lowering academic entrance standards for such kids, admitting them in preference to kids who are better qualified but poorer or not famous, using intangibles such as "leadership" as justification. Surely the son of a mayor is a proven leader. Was Andrew Giuliani given a golf scholarship, or allowed to walk on, because he's a great leader rather than a great golfer? Only Rod Myers can say, and he's not telling.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.