2. So the Bluegrass State has the Pitino deal, the cloud hanging over UK coach John Calipari stemming from alleged violations at Memphis, and former Wildcats coach Billy Gillispie gets a DUI charge.
Can you rank them in order of who created the biggest PR nightmare for himself? Quote: DeCourcy:
No. 1 is obviously Gillispie. He already had two DUIs in his past from several years ago, plus the difficult tenure while he coached UK. In order to get back into college coaching, he needed to keep his record clean and allow athletic administrators to remember he once had terrific success at Texas A&M and UTEP, two difficult jobs. It is not going to be easy for him to become a college head coach again.
No. 2 is Pitino. The circumstances that led to him facing an alleged extortion attempt were outside the boundaries of good behavior and good taste — and then he exacerbated the problem by blaming the media for how much trouble they were causing his family. Well, that fooled no one. Radio talk shows in the state buzzed Wednesday night with callers pointing out it was Pitino who, with his admitted infidelity, caused whatever problems exist under his roof.
Calipari? He recruited Derrick Rose, whom any coach in America would have loved to sign, and played him after the NCAA approved his eligibility. What exactly was it he did wrong?
DeCourcy is dead on.
Rick Pitino created this whole problem. Rick brought the roof in over his own head. He had extra-marital sex. He covered it up. This is a scandal of his own creation. His own poor decision making cycle come full circle to bite him in his ass.
Billy Gillispie. The only guy who pisses me off more than Tubby Smith and his merry band of worshipers. After 9 or 10 years of Tubby, I knew that there was absolutely no hope of UK ever reaching the Final Four. Gillispie came in with fire and I really thought he was going to make things happen. Then he goes off the deep end. Forcing players to sit in toilet stalls and walk home alone from games and berating players so much so that they lose confidence. The only man who would tell Jodie Meeks to not shoot. What an idiot.
Now this idiot. In the middle of negotiations, that heretofore, he was winning. He grabs himself a DUI. Consider the lawsuit all but over. Gillispie will be lucky to walk away with 500 Grand and that is just so he’ll go away. UKAA should put a clause in that states that Gillispie can never utter, write or even think the words/thoughts “UK”, Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Basketball or mention his tenure at the University. He must omit the years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 from his resume and is not permitted to explain the omission to future prospective employers. Lastly, he should never again be able to enter the Commonwealth of Kentucky or play against any SEC school at the Division 1 Level.
They should burn this guy. And then burn him in effigy. August 27th should become a Statewide day of celebration during which Billy Gillispie paper mache’ dolls are burned in effigy each year across the commonwealth.
What an idiot!
Then we have John Calipari. Recruited Derick Rose. Check. The NCAA granted him eligibility. Check. Then Calipari played Rose on a team that broke records and made it to the Championship game.
THEN…the NCAA–the National Collection of Asinine Assholes–comes back a year later and states that “OOPs! We made a mistake! But, it’s not our mistake. It’s the fault of Memphis!” And they want to enforce strict accountability on Memphis. But not on Duke. Not on the sacred cow named Coach K. And definitely not on the Holy One on High. The Holy of Holies. Coach John Wooden. Not on Pete Carrol. Only on the little guys at the little schools or the schools with Administrations that don’t fight back.
The NCAA is full of cowards. Memphis needs to fight. They need to file a lawsuit.
And the rest of the member schools need to join that fight. Especially the small schools. Duke boosters can provide housing and jobs for Duke Athletes. UCLA can have open and rampant cheating. USC can have guys being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. Duke can have championship runs with Corey Maggette who admitted to taking money from his AAU coach while an “amateur.” But that’s not Coach K’s fault. He had no way of knowing. Duke had no way of knowing.
But somehow, Memphis was supposed to know that Rose had a guy take a test for him in Detroit, MI.
I guess Memphis should have escorted Rose to his test. But then that would have violated contact rules.
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
The NCAA is full of shit and so are half of the reporters out there who are calling for Calipari to be “punished” by the NCAA.