I commend Herald-Leader sportswriters for their recent columns regarding the NCAA penalties imposed on the University of Louisville and Coach Rick Pitino. I agree wholeheartedly with their conclusions: Coaches are accountable for all conduct within their programs, not just what happens on the basketball court, and not knowing about violations is no defense because they ought to know.
Perhaps John Clay’s next column could be an expose on the University of Massachusetts coach who appeared dumbfounded upon learning that his All-American was spending money given to him by a sports agent. Or Mark Story could unmask the University of Memphis coach who pleaded ignorance when it was revealed that his prize recruit cheated on the SAT.
It might also be enlightening if one or both scribes conduct an in-depth interview with University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari to gain his special insight into the ramifications of forfeiting NCAA tournament victories.