Give DeMoss credit for doing the right thing

Sometimes we forget to applaud when a coach does the right thing. We never seem to forget when a coach makes a mistake or does something we don't like, but none of us are as quick to offer a hearty congratulations when a coach does the right thing.

Sometimes we forget to applaud when a coach does the right thing. We never seem to forget when a coach makes a mistake or does something we don't like, but none of us are as quick to offer a hearty congratulations when a coach does the right thing.

Mickie DeMoss deserves credit for granting a release to highly-touted prospect Arnika Brown, last year's Miss Basketball in Kentucky, so she could enroll at Western Kentucky and be eligible midway of next season.

Brown was one of DeMoss' top recruits for Kentucky, but the former Christian County star left school during the summer. Brown inquired about coming back to UK, but DeMoss knew that would not be fair to other players who were committed to Kentucky. Plus, DeMoss didn't want to let her other players see her reward someone who had quit the team.

DeMoss didn't have to release Brown to Western Kentucky, a team that competes annually for the state's top talent with DeMoss. But she did because she put Brown's long-term success first — and she should be applauded for having the courage to do the right thing for the player even if it might not have been the best thing for her own program.

"As frustrated as I got with that whole situation, bottom line is it's about the kids and about seeing kids make it," DeMoss told the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jennifer Smith. "Above and beyond that things didn't work out for her here at Kentucky, I don't want to see the kid out on the streets or working in a factory for the rest of her life. To me, that was bigger than where she was going to be released to."

Say amen. It almost makes me want to paint up for the next UK women's game like Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl did for the Tennessee women when they played Duke earlier this week. Seriously, how could you not be touched by what DeMoss did.

Maybe everything in college athletics is not the way it should be. However, if you need your faith restored in the system, just look at what DeMoss did and how she made a decision based solely on what was best for the student-athlete and no one else. I don't know about you, but it makes me feel a lot better about college sports to know that maybe, just maybe, there are others out there just like DeMoss and perhaps we just don't look hard enough — or have enough information — to know it.

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