By Tom Stosberg
First order of business: the Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings case.Â Let’s review the customary rules of acceptable behavior for Division I basketball players.
Rule #1: Never put yourself in a precarious position where bad things are likely to happen.
Most folks had assumed that it had already been proven earlier this year that when one uses bad judgment by putting oneself in a precarious position where bad things are almost certain to happen, those bad things absolutely will happen. Some players obviously missed that point all together.
Yes it’s true that we haven’t heard the players’ side of the story. We never will. Everything is â€œhandled internallyâ€. So one has been made one up for them here. Turns out that they were â€œon their way home from saying the Rosary at the church and stopped by the Alumni party to let everyone know they’d been praying for them. Then someone ran in and said all U of L fans were all bums. So they had to defend the fans’ honor.â€ Satisfied?
So both guys will be in the coach’s doghouse, pout and sulk for a while. Then, all of a sudden, they’ll have an epiphany, decide to reinvent themselves, â€œput it behind them.â€ All that means is â€œeverybody can now forget the stupid things we did because we already have forgotten them and now we’re squeaky clean again.â€
The Program hardly needed a punch in the gut right now. But many feared that this day would come. Punishment must be handled internally. It’s just too awkward for this coach to publicly punish any public indiscretion.