Big East Awards Fatally Flawed

In a vote process more flawed than the Olympic pairs figure skating, women's head basketball coach Mike Carey was passed over for the Big East Coach of the Year Award.

Somehow, in the eyes of the other Big East coaches, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma did a better job this year than Carey.

Excuse us for saying so, but the only problem Auriemma had was deciding which high school All-American he was going to put on the floor at his next substitution. Other than that, he only had to work on platitudes and cliches for post game press conferences.

That's not to say that Auriemma isn't a good coach. He is. And he's obviously a fantastic recruiter. But giving him the coach of the year just because he went undefeated and won the conference is to ignore the definition of coach of the year, or at least what we always assumed it to be.

Like an MVP, there are probably different interpretations of what the Coach of the Year should be. If the award is simply going to be given to the coach who wins the championship, let's just say that so there's no mystery. Give it to the first place coach and be done with it. In that case, Auriemma is the winner.

However, if it's to be awarded to the coach who got the most of the material available, the opportunity exists to look elsewhere. That's what the voters should have done.

Carey had to recusitate a moribund program that was in even worse shape than the men's program currently is. He had to start two freshmen. He played most of the season with a six player rotation. Heck, he did just about everything but drive the bus on road trips.

It's a shame that the voters didn't put a little more thought into their ballot, because the thinking person's Coach of the Year is a Mountaineer.


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