Rick Pitino Cleared All Suspicion in 2012 Anonymous Survey

In the summer of 2012, CBS Sports’ basketball correspondents spent a month interviewing 100 college basketball coaches. Picking their brains about the biggest issues facing their sport at that time. Coaches were promised anonymity in exchange for their true, honest, unadulterated answers. One question per weekday for one month.

This survey had some very innocent questions like “who is the most underrated coach?”, “what rule would you like to be see changed?” But then the CBS Basketball guys ramped up the questions and started getting some real newsworthy results. Coaches were asked, “Which coach is best at bending the rules but not breaking them?”

It was the summer right after the 2012 national championship, and a guy with a sketchy past had just won the title with a stellar recruiting class. So you could imagine who topped the list.

  • John Calipari: 13 percent
  • Billy Donovan: 11 percent
  • Sean Miller: 8 percent
  • Tom Crean: 8 percent
  • Mike Krzyzewski: 6 percent
  • Roy Williams: 6 percent
  • Tom Izzo: 5 percent
  • Josh Pastner: 5 percent

People think John Calipari was/is cheating? Color me shocked.

Now, there are two things that surprise me the most about the results from the last question. First, the 6 coaches who said Roy Williams was the best at bending the rules and not breaking them were spot on. Great call. For those of you who don’t know, Roy Williams was at the center of a NCAA academic scandal a couple of years back. Athletes took fake classes with minimal work and easy A’s to stay eligible. The only reason UNC got off scot-free was because a couple frat boys found out about it and took them too. Really bent that rule as far as absolutely possible.

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The second most surprising thing is that Rick Pitino did not make the top 8. Maybe because the question asked who bends the rules without breaking them and Pitino was definitely just breaking them. However, there was another question that asked who the biggest cheater in college basketball was. Calipari ranked number one in that poll too while Pitino was nowhere to be found.

Pitino must have been keeping thing pretty tight under wraps, or maybe he really did not know anything after all. Ignorance is unlikely especially since he told boosters shortly before the 2015 scandal broke that he knew everything his players did. Going as far as to say “If one of my players has a beer in Louisville, I know about it.”

Makes you wonder about how good of a program Louisville would be today if Katina Powell had not blown the whole story open.

LSU Should NOT Have Suspended Will Wade

The news of the FBI investigation into LSU came as a shock to all of us. You can read the full wire tap transcript here, but basically what happened was LSU got caught arranging a payment to Javonte Smart and they suspended head coach Will Wade indefinitely. My only thoughts when I heard of the suspension was:

Oh no, baby, what is you doin?

Never under any circumstance do you let the NCAA think that you are accepting any guilt. Obviously, LSU is dealing with the FBI first, but they need to keep the NCAA in mind. They are the ones that can gut the program down to its bones. The FBI can arrest people and fine the program, but only the NCAA can shut it down entirely. They need to treat an NCAA investigation the same way fraternities treat hazing allegations: deny, deny, deny.

There are two ways they can go about this and they have very different outcomes. First is the North Carolina way. They were accused of academic misconduct and the NCAA had mountains of evidence. UNC basically just told them to go f*** themselves, did not comply and got off scot-free.

Then there is the Louisville way which is what LSU did. They were accused of an infraction and immediately self-imposed a penalty. Implying guilt. You don’t punish yourself just because someone THINKS you did something. Some programs will do this, because they think the NCAA will go easier on them. This could not be further from the truth. There is no case where a self-imposed penalty has helped any program.

Louisville self-imposed a post season ban and they still got their title taken away. Nothing good can come of telling the NCAA you are guilty. Give them an inch and they take a mile. Basically, the NCAA is so incompetent, they need a confession before they make a final ruling. LSU should not have given it to them.

Don’t think I’m right? Tell me how Sean Miller still has a job.

After all, if LSU would have just waited two days, their case would have been forgotten about, because Aunt Becky’s kid was too dumb for college. Read about the latest NCAA scandal here.