There are too many things wrong with athletics. Professional players demanding trades, new contracts, or new coaches. College players being arrested for actions and antics that were once reserved for the real malcontents. I, for one, am really disappointed with the courts' decision on Miami recruit Willie Williams. I thought that he should have had a WORSE sentence.
This prefacing paragraph leads to the next statement which is why certain college teams and their coaches and players DESERVE SERIOUS plaudits for their work and their contributions to college basketball.
First, the coach most Kentucky fans love to hate, Mike Kryzciewicz. Coach K while Kentucky fans don't like his intensity and his demeanor, you CANNOT argue with his success and his personal love for Duke. Fans by the thousands sent emails to him for him not to go to the Lakers, the most glamorous job in pro basketball. He stayed where he is a god. Where he is worshipped and will be for MANY years to come. He is set to be mentioned in the same breath as Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, and Dean Smith. We are witnessing greatness, even amidst some UK fans angst.
Second, Bobby Knight. YES, Bobby Knight. Bobby Knight has put many players into the NBA. He has mentored MANY players and former assistant coaches into coaching. He has won Pan Am Gold, Olympic Gold, and 3 titles. While some antics are not agreeable by all, the work he HAS done CANNOT be argued. While I as a UK fan LOVE to always beat him, and really didn't like the slap at Rick Robey and Joe Hall years ago, Bobby Knight is another coach who deserves to be said in the same breath as Allen, Rupp, and Smith.
Third, Lute Olsen. Lute Olsen has battled personal tragedy and loss, while winning one title and many Pac 10 titles. Lute is a man of COMPLETE integrity and work ethic. Many parents REVERE the fact that their son COULD play for Lute. Lute has also like Bobby Knight, put many players in the NBA, he also does GREAT work for his community. Any more accomplishments will put him in the same breath as Rupp, Allen, and Smith.
Fourth, Jim Boeheim. Jim has the longest tenure of any coach in the NCAA Division 1. Jim has won a title, he has always had terrific players, and they always are well mannered and well behaved. He is always a gentleman, and is well respected by his peers.
Fifth, Roy Williams. Roy is a complete gentleman. He has not won the big one, but has won just about everything else. He was tutored by one of the best tacticians in the game and has a lot of Dean's intensity in him. He loves his players, they love him, and therefore work good together.
Sixth. Orlando Tubby Smith. OTS came into a situation where he followed Rick Pitino who could have stayed at UK and relished a role of being a god in the Kentucky lore. OTS was not supposed to win that fast, and when he did, UK fans expected it every year. Oh, wait they do that anyway, but onto the rest of the talk of OTS. Tubby has great rapport with the parents, the players, the team he has, the fans, and his peers. Now that Tubby is involved daily with recruiting, look at what has happened. The parents love him, the recruits love him. But more importantly the fans and the state love him. Well except for some UL fans.
It is time the mainstream press give these coaches their do instead of reminding us what is wrong with the game.
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