Thursday, June 11, 2009
It's Like A Coach Cal Who's Actually In Cali!
If you read my post about the NCAA's inability to punish John Calipari and other coaches who cheat, you know that I don't like it when college basketball coaches blatantly cheat to land the top players. But I understand why they would do it since the NCAA rarely punishes the person who cheats and often just makes some ceremonial act like striking accomplishments from the record book and hoping fans forget about how good that team was.
Meanwhile, the head coach, who was the figurehead of a program that went awry, often gets to disappear from the radar and sometimes even moves on to another school where he can flaunt his redivius program in front of everyone.
The latest man to join the flimflam coaches club is Tim Floyd of USC who just resigned amid accusations that he paid big money to his players, most notably O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies who somehow chose to attend USC even though he grew up in West Virginia.
Now comes the fun part: Floyd turned around the USC basketball program with these players and managed to the team into the NCAA tournament multiple times. So even though Floyd leaves in disgrace today, he'll probably show up on the sidelines for another school in the future. Floyd may not have the pedigree of a coach Calipari, but some school will be desperate enough to hire him in the future. Remember, it's all about winning and Floyd did that enought at USC to warrent consideration.
Meanwhile, USC gets to deal with the after effects of the scandal. This basketball corruption coupled with the Reggie Bush football scandal a few years back (Bush's family somehow ended up in a beautiful house when Bush chose to be a Trojan) makes USC ground zero for NCAA investigations this decade.
Maybe Floyd can wave at the school when he resurfaces in the future. Maybe he'll even resurface as his former program is dragged under by NCAA sanctions. Won't that be ironic?
Somewhere in Kentucky, coach Calipari is smiling.