Arizona fans – as well as Pac-10 and national fans – have been very critical of Lute Olson for revoking the scholarship for 6-foot-1, 170 pound point Duncanville (TX) point guard Reger Dowell.
The argument is that Olson gave Dowell his word and he should stick with it. Well, that is wrong on a number of levels.
First off, Olson gets paid a lot of money – almost $1.5 million a year – to compete for and win national championships. If Olson realizes that Dowell is not good enough to play for him, then he has every right to let him go.
Now, Dowell's father said publicly that Olson's reasoning was that he needed to recruit more big men. Well, that is true, but he's also not going to be honest with him and say that Reger isn't good enough.
Even if the reasoning is that U of A needs big men and not more point guards, that is a good enough reason too.
Look, when Dowell was offered and committed, I called it questionable recruiting because it didn't seem to me that Arizona was recruiting with lofty national goals in mind.
Now that Olson let Dowell go, I feel much better about everything and am convinced that Olson is doing his best to compete for the Pac-10 championship.
Olson made a mistake offering Dowell, but he fixed the situation be revoking the offer. Yes, he may have made some people upset, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
You can only imagine how many times parents and recruits have lied to Olson, and he's probably not going to go out of his way to do anyone any favors after the Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Negedu situations.
The bottom line is, Olson messed up but he made up for it. Sorry Reger, you shouldn't have been offered in the first place. Thanks for doing the right thing, Lute.
Good move, Lute
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