Tag Archives: Bobby Knight

Pete Carroll to the Seattle Seahawks

Pete Carroll I really hate this.  I am not a USC fan but one has to respect the work that Pete Carroll did at the University of Southern California, unless of course all of those stories about nagging NCAA rule violations are true.  Then it bugs me that Pete Carroll who was in charge of the program during all of their success and rule violations gets to bolt for the NFL and make what is rumored to be $7 million a year while USC could be headed for punishments because of his actions (or lack of actions).

It’s the same with Jerry Tarkanian in basketball.  He coached three different school and each time he left as the NCAA noose was tightening in each spot.  I don’t know why colleges keep getting stuck with the consequences while the John Calipari’s of the world get new and higher profile jobs.  Bobby Knight is right, John Calipari should not be coaching.

As the New York Times reports, this is what USC has to look forward to.

Carroll’s flirtations with the N.F.L. are almost an annual rite, but this courtship has a different feeling from previous dalliances with teams like the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons.

Much of that feeling stems from the N.C.A.A.’s investigation into the Trojans’ football program, which goes back to 2006. The university itself is investigating a Los Angeles Times report that tailback Joe McKnight, who declared for the N.F.L. draft on Friday, was driving a Land Rover purchased for his girlfriend by a local businessman.

“We just don’t pay attention to that,” Jackson said. “What we’re here for is football and school, so we’ll let compliance and all them take care of that. It doesn’t bother me so much.”

This week, the university imposed heavy sanctions on its basketball program because of violations in the recruitment of the former star O. J. Mayo. Since 2006, the N.C.A.A. has been investigating whether the family of the former Trojans running back Reggie Bush took as much as $300,000 in cash and goods from a would-be marketing agent while he was in college. While these problems have festered the past few weeks, Mike Garrett, the university’s athletic director, has made few public appearances or comments. Garrett declined to comment to reporters about Carroll on campus Friday evening while walking to his car. The university’s president, Steven Sample, plans to retire later this year.

Cloudy days ahead for USC, despite it’s location in sunny southern California and one of the guys who was a part of the problem get to go make $7 million annually somewhere else.  What a system.

Mike Leach Fired at Texas Tech

Mike Leach has long been a favorite coach of mine but this year was a tough one for him.  First of all he banned Twitter after one of his players called him out for being late to a team meeting on it and then it is alleged that he confined a player to a small, dark spaces after he was diagnosed with a concussion.  After Texas Tech University heard about it, he was fired with cause.

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in a Lubbock, Texas, courtroom for a hearing on the coach’s suspension.

Liggett said the letter said Leach was “terminated with cause effective immediately.”

In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million contract. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech.

Leach was suspended by the university on Monday after receiver Adam James alleged the coach twice confined him to small, dark spaces while the practiced.

James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James.

Texas Tech plays Michigan State on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Tech is the second Big 12 school to launch an internal investigation into a coach’s treatment of his players.

On Nov. 16, Kansas investigated Mark Mangino, who got a big raise after he was national coach of the year and went 12-1 in 2007. Some players said he was insensitive, though others defended him.

You don’t often see school’s go after high profile coaches like this.  Look at how long the University of Indiana put up with Bobby Knight’s shenanigans.  Hopefully this is a sign coaches will be held accountable for more than their win loss records, unless of course you are a basketball coach in the state of Kentucky.

The State of Ethics (and college basketball) in Kentucky

I find it fascinating to see the dysfunction that is basketball in Kentucky.  On one hand you have John Calipari whose former team, the University of Memphis is having to forfeit 38 victories and a trip to the Final Four while on the other hand, you have Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who decided to have sex with a women, having his equipment manager marry her, and then paid her $3000 for either an abortion or medical insurance so she can have an abortion (more here).  Yet because they win, everything is overlooked because in the end, it isn’t academic standards, it isn’t integrity, it isn’t anything like that, it is winning that matters.  You have boosters, university administration, and even the Governor defending one or both of them, although Pitino did have to apologize.  Even the AP seems to be caught up in it with this story wondering what will happen to the Rick Pitino brand.

It is incidents like this that make me really like Bobby Knight.  Sure he had a bad temper but he won the right way.  His players graduated, there were no sanctions or scandal, and not only that, he helped create a culture at Indiana University where his successors were held up to a high ethical standard as well.  I know there is a balance there.  Ty Willingham was a great human being but a horrible coach at the University of Washington and probably deserved to be fired but I would rather be a booster of a program that won and lost the right way than be a basketball fan in the state of Kentucky right now.