Cheat? Who Cheats?

Maceyko's picture
October 4, 2013 at 9:53a

I attended the annual OHSAA Basketball Coaching Clinic in Columbus this past Sunday and the final speaker of the night was a retired coach that shocked me by telling us all how he cheated at Clemson when he coached there.  I guess he wrote a book or something about it already, but he said that no matter what he does to this day he can't get over the fact that he violated the game that he loved.  His message was meant to remind everyone else to "do it right" because he has a hard time living with what he did.  He also told us how coaches actually do it - how it works with all of the boosters and benefits.  Then he went on to say that anyone who thinks this isn't going on today at many colleges isn't being honest with themselves.  Whether it's basketball or football it is going on at an alarming pace.  He even claims that he can back up his claims that there are now several big name coaches/programs doing it right now, but that he has no desire or reason to go public with those names.  Now I think we all know that most big programs are skirting some rules and there are a lot of hidden things going on, but to hear a coach who has been there stand in front of everyone and say, "Yeah I couldn't win so I bought in and played the game" is eye-opening.  Reminded me so much of that Nick Nolte movie "Blue Chips."  I felt bad for the guy because he is now older and seems like he lives with a lot of regret, but he can't go back and change it.  I am at work as I write this so I can't look up his name to tell you who he actually was but boy did he get the room's attention!  All I remember was he coached at Clemson many years ago.

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RedStorm45's picture

Why throw out the "I can back it up line" and then not back it up?

Maceyko's picture

Yeah, I thought about that, but I also see his point that he's getting up there in years and he sees no reason to throw stones.  He's been there and fell into it.  His point was that it's widespread and it was just a warning to keep your morals and values. 

buckskin's picture

I am sure (hoping) this coach truly feels bad about his former actions and is now sincerely trying to help others by sharing with them how they might feel afterwards.  Unfortunately, wins and millions trump values for many coaches today.

HighBallAce's picture

I had a basketball coach one time, Ohio Weslyan's head coach Gene Mehaffey who would teach you how to get from the half court to the bottom of the basket without traveling....It sounds funny but it IS possible. You Take one dribble from the half court line, then you get two steps and then your jump stop.....Hakeem Olajuwan did something like that all the time but this was from a gaurds point of view.

rosycheeks's picture

What you describe IS a traveling violation. Besides, I'd love to see someone cover 40 feet with two steps and a jump stop. That's an Olympic event called the triple jump, and it sounds like they'd do quite well.

HighBallAce's picture

It is not! It's a completely legal move.....You'd have to see it to believe it....alot of guys would get called for travelling Maffey would bring out the rule book and show them where it was legal. The guy won a national championship for God's sakes. He know what he was doing!

bigbadbuck's picture

I'll say's easy to say "I regret" when you've written a book about the very subject you regret and made money. Sounds a bit disingenuous to me.

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Maceyko's picture

Tates Locke was the guy's name.  He truly seemed like a guy who is just getting up there in years and just has to live with the things that he did.  He did it.  He knows it and I would think that would eat at you if you truly loved the game like he said.  I just looked him up and the funny part is they say that the movie "Blue Chips" is actually based on him.  Ha.  I did not know that when I posted. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Very interesting post.  I'd like to hear him speak.