Championship-Winning Coaches on Cheating, One-and-Dones and More

March 20, 2013 at 11:17a    by Jason Priestas    
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USA Today spoke to the 12 active national title-winning coaches to get their takes on cheating in the game, recruiting one-and-dones, social media and more.

On cheating:

Have you ever lost a recruit because you would not cheat?

Former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith: "I've got to say yes. Yes. Plain and simple, because somebody asked me for something and I didn't do it and they went somewhere else. It's beyond third-parties now. It's a freakin' entourage."

Former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino: "I was blown away. In all my years, no one had ever asked me for anything. And it happened for the first time three years ago. Shook their hand and said to them, 'This is over.' We left my basement, where the families were gathering on a visit. I said, 'Best of luck to you.' A coach who gives anything to a player is now being bought and he can never discipline the player. He is going to live in fear every night he puts his head down on the pillow that something is going to come out on what he did. To me, that's something I never want to go through."

And not to credit John Calipari with too much, but he's right about some coaches' stance on one-and-dones:

Would you want to coach a team that had at least three guaranteed one-and-done players?

Kentucky's John Calipari: "First of all, a lot of guys will say (they are reluctant to coach one-and-done players) because they can't recruit those types of kids. To justify it, they'll say, 'I couldn't do it. I need kids for four years.' Those other kids don't want to come and play for you. That's just how it is. Secondly, it all depends on how you recruit the kids. Are you making outlandish promises and commitments?"

 


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LouGroza's picture

Roy Williams on coach criticism today:
Williams: "You are going to have to have thicker skin because you were criticized a hundred years ago but nothing like you are criticized now … Everyone in the world thinks they can be a basketball coach or a golf course superintendent.
As a former GC Superintendent, I can completely vouch for that statement.

FROMTHE18's picture

wonder what Hugh Freeze's thoughts on this are...

81Alum's picture

A coach who gives anything to a player is now being bought and he can never discipline the player. He is going to live in fear every night he puts his head down on the pillow that something is going to come out on what he did. 
This the essence of the argument, and I happen to agree with Coach Pitino. While I always thought he was somewhat of a sleaze, I'm rethinking my opinion of him.
Shook their hand and said to them, 'This is over.' We left my basement, where the families were gathering on a visit. I said, 'Best of luck to you.'
Kudos to you, Coach, you did the right thing!

yrro's picture

Although somehow there's no way to say "We left my basement" without sounding creepy.

yrro's picture

Seriously dark advice from Billy Donovan:
 

"Your whole entire life, you're chasing this trophy, this crystal ball. At the end of the day, it doesn't bring any value to your life. That's probably the biggest thing I've learned. There's an illusion created by society, whoever it may be, that if you do this, you will be somebody. You'll be of significance. You'll be of importance. ... It's an illusion.

BuckeyeSki's picture

This Illusion?

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Normal Buck's picture

They were only down there for around 10 seconds though.