Blog Entry

Fisher should be disappointed ... but not mad

Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:13 pm
By Gary Parrish

Steve Fisher said he's disappointed that Kevin Young decommitted from San Diego State to go to Kansas.

I think that's fair.

I'd be disappointed, too.

But what Steve Fisher shouldn't be is angry or even surprised. Because, as I've explained before, there is no loyalty in college basketball. A man's word in this sport is worth about as much as tickets to an upcoming Amy Winehouse show. Coaches routinely say they're happy and lucky to be where they're at, then leave for a better opportunity a week later. Assistants do the same. That prospects also sometimes do it has never really bothered me.

So I'm not mad at Kevin Young.

He committed to San Diego State back in November, i.e., when he believed San Diego State was his best option. But over time, Kansas became an option, presumably because the Jayhawks lost both Morris twins to the NBA Draft. So Young weighed Kansas against San Diego State and chose KU, which is what most players would do. It's also what most coaches would do, and they'd do it with little regard to any commitments they might've made to others. Coaches tell recruits every year they can't wait to coach them, then willingly change jobs before those same recruits enroll. We all acknowledge it's less than ideal but accept it as part of the deal. What happened with Kevin Young is also part of the deal.

So it's OK for Steve Fisher to be disappointed.

But it would be wrong to be angry or even surprised.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:20 pm

Fisher should be disappointed ... but not mad

Going on a rant to the media ...   His attacks on coach Bill Self ...
Where do you get rant and attack anywhere in this article?  You must be practicing up for a career in reporting or lawyering, to make such blatant overstatements and false attributions of coach Fisher's pretty mild comments on the state of ethics and morals in collegiate sports these days.

The only statement I read (in three places) quoted Steve Fisher as saying, "I am disappointed ..."  He said it about the kid who backed out of a non-binding agreement, and he said it again about the coach and program who welcomed (if not encouraged) the kid to enroll and accept an identical non-binding agreement.

IMO, anyone with morality and ethics among his personality traits will share this disappointment.  Most of us (as well as coach Fisher, coach Self, KU Athletics, and Kevin Young), are mature enough to get on with making the best we can of what "hope and change" are doing to accelerate the erosion of personal integrity and reliance instead on What I Can Get Away With to guide the personal behavior of our fellow citizens (or non-citizens, for that matter).

A quote from my favorite English teacher seems to fit the general condition in America these days:
When a disagreement among students reached the stage that on of them turned to the teacher and demanded, "Isn't that RIGHT??",
he would deny his own authority to rule on such questions with, "Whether it's Right or Wrong, it certainly is So."

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:08 pm

Fisher should be disappointed ... but not mad

Fisher shouldn't be complaining about recruiting i.e. his Michigan Fab Five.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:50 pm

Fisher should be disappointed ... but not mad

I'm sure Fisher was talking, to a large degree, out of frustration.  He made a commitment to Kevin Young, and thought that young had reciprocated.  But, it does not matter.  In the crazy NCAA rules, though coach was bound to honor his commitment to the athlete, the athlete was not mutually bound to the coach or the school he represented when the financial aid offer was made. 

This is a fairly unique situation.  In Young's situatation, he signed a letter of intent with Loyola-Marymount, for some reason he dropped out and went to a JC.  After enrolling in a JC, he was recruited by San Diego State's coach, who then offered a financial aid agreement because a student athlete can only enter into one letter of intent in his collegiate career.  When Kansas failed to land Daniels they went out looking for any available forward and brought Young in right away, supposedly under the assumption that he would tell Fisher that he was backing out of his commitment.  Apparently this did not happen, but it is a moot point, because as every coach knows, with a letter of intent both parties are obligated to respect that letter, but with a financial aid agreement only the school has to honor the agreement.

The Kansas staff acted legally, maybe of questionable morals, but legally.  This is just one of many rules the NCAA should review, but in light of all of the scandals and corruption in the NCAA, I doubt they will give it the time it deserves because it probably has happened before and will happen again.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:04 pm

Fisher is a coach - deal with it

Going on a rant to the media about one's personal failings is rarely a good outcome. Coach Fisher will eventually understand. A rant like this is great cannon fodder for the opposition as they recruit against him. By his statements, coach Fisher shows that his first priority it himself. That cannot help when recruits considering committing to him.

His attacks on coach Bill Self were also surprising. Coach Self has said there were no discussions before Kevin de-committed to San Diego. I believe him. Never has anything sleazy been associated with coach Self at Kansas or any of the three other programs he coached (Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois).

But let's just chalk it up to a bad day for coach Fisher. We all have them and we all say things we wish we had not said.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or