Other than brief comments to a few selected media members, Smith and his staff have been unavailable for comment on Morris' decision to possibly leave Kentucky after just one year.
The first response from Kentucky officials was that Smith wouldn't talk because he had not talked to Morris Tuesday when the news first leaked. Of course, it is five days later now and apparently cell phones, regular phones or e-mail don't work because there still has been no official acknowledgment by Smith that his center has even put his name into the draft.
Amazingly, other coaches at other schools don't have this problem. LSU sophomore Brandon Bass decided Friday he was leaving for the NBA. But guess what? LSU coach John Brady immediately issued a statement not only wishing him well, but thanking him for the two years he did spend at LSU.
Why is Smith afraid to talk? Why not let everyone know what is going on with Morris and what went on in this decision-making process?
Just because basketball season ends doesn't mean that interest in the Kentucky basketball program ends. But more than that, staying mum on the subject leaves to far too much speculation about why Smith won't make a comment.
There's nothing wrong with the decision Morris made. It doesn't reflect poorly on Kentucky, Smith or Morris. Having a player leave school early for the NBA is a fact of life for big-time college programs.
However, something does seem wrong when a major school like Kentucky that relishes in the national exposure it receives during the season suddenly can't find even a few minutes to let someone comment on the decision and how it impacts the program.