Rather than be like Alabama's Mark Gottfried and joke about 'still looking for a fax' that might restore the eligibility of a star player he lost last year or refusing to even comment like Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, why can't coaches just accept that Randolph Morris has served his punishment at Kentucky.
Kansas' Bill Self has had his own dealings with the NCAA and its own brand of fairness. Perhaps that's why he went out of his way to make it clear he wouldn't have complained if Morris was already eligible.
"My thinking is that he's already been punished, and punished quite severely," Self said. "I think in college basketball we get so hung up on how things affect us instead of the big scope and what is good for the game. I think having the best players play is good for the game."
It is. It's also good to give players a second chance, especially when there is no hard evidence to prevent that from happening.
South Carolina's Dave Odom is one of my favorite SEC coaches because he never ducks a question.
"He's as talented as any post guy in the league," Odom said of Morris. "He brings back to Kentucky a large dose of energy at the right time. He is going to bring back a lot of power, strength and know how. It will just make them better. They may go through a period of readjustment, but it won't take long."
Odom says it should be easier to adjust to having a center join a team at midseason than it would be a point guard or wing player. But remember Kentucky had few problems when Cliff Hawkins sat out the first semester for academic reasons a few years ago and then played some of his best basketball when he came back.
"Just keep him around the basket and let him rebound. Throw him the ball and tell him to score. It sounds simple, but it's not. It is easier than teaching a point guard how to run the offense and defense," Odom said. "It's a tad easier, but it's still not easy. Any time you have a lineup change, role change or rotation change, it is a cause for concern. But it is still worth going through it in Morris' case."
It is for Kentucky and the sooner every coach realizes it's going to happen and accepts it, the better it will be for everyone.