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Well done, Lute Olson

Posted on: April 1, 2008 6:57 pm

Kevin O'Neill had to go at Arizona, but frankly I'm surprised Lute Olson had the wherewithal to know it -- and the stones to do it.

O'Neill, who joined Olson's staff before this past season and then replaced him on an interim basis, has been ripping Olson behind his back. Just crushing him. How do I know this? Because I've talked to several people -- not one; several -- who were on the receiving end of O'Neill's rants against Olson. O'Neill isn't as smart as he thinks if he thought his hammerings of Olson weren't going to come out. Good grief, Kevin. This stuff always comes out.

O'Neill wasn't just the Wildcats' interim coach. He was their next coach, or at least, he thought he was. Arizona made him that verbal promise months ago, and O'Neill accepted it. Last week when Olson announced he was returning to the team for the 2008-09 season, O'Neill said he would be back at Olson's side.

Apparently not. Olson seems to have fired O'Neill, and let me tell you, the pink slip was deserved. This is a bad guy, OK? Kevin O'Neill is simply not a good dude, and Olson -- whose program has been crushed by other bad dudes masquerading as players -- was able to sniff this one out. Good for you, Lute Olson.

Shame on you, Kevin O'Neill.

Go back to the NBA, you back-stabbing leach. You don't deserve to work in college basketball ever again.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2008 11:11 am

Well done, Lute Olson

Stones? Whatever, he sure lacks the stones to come clean about his absence. How can Lute Olsen go on recruiting trips and look people in the eye and tell them they are making the right decision to come to Arizona? Bayless, Budinger, Wise, et al had options to attend other schools...and probably wish they had. Lute Olsen just threw away one year of their playing lives they'll never get back. As far as O'Neill is concerned....exactly WHAT DID O'NEILL SAY? You rip O'Neill...but with no facts....basically doing the same thing you are calling O'Neill out for......does that make you a "back-stabbing leach" or just a coward who doesn't back up his smack?

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2008 9:29 am

Well done, Lute Olson

My only beef with Doyel's comments are that O'Neill should go back to the NBA.  Why should the NBA be subjected to this guy?  It sounds like he should be selling used cars...  Anyway, its nice to see Lute back, even if I am a Stanford fan.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2008 1:20 am

Well done, Lute Olson

Well done Doyel, but the message could have been stronger. Kevin O'Neill did everything he could in his power to dismantle Lute Olson's legacy and reputation in one year. No such luck for Bozo O'Neill. People with half a clue can read into his "legacy" and see he is nothing short of a complete loser in very stop he has been lucky enough to have been. Not once has this fool left on good terms wherever he has been, run out of town at every stop. I watched every minute of every AZ basketball game (thanks Tivo) as I do every year and he was simply outcoached time and again in the Pac-10. Outside of the two coaches no longer with us in the Pac-10 he was severely outclassed each time he walked out on the floor. He lied to players about playing time, mis-handled what might have been a decent bench, and even sent one recruit packing. Not only that he alienated his coaching staff and many players on the team. The list goes on and on with this clown.

Thank you Lute for coming back, if for no other reason that your tremendous legacy should not be tarnished by a complete douche. This program Lute has built from the ground-up is too proud to let that ever happen...

Here is to Bayless and Budinger sticking around one more year and joining Hill and Jennings to give Lute one heckova last hurrah...

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2008 12:27 am

Well done, Lute Olson

Lute Olson is a breath of fresh air in todays NCAA sports.  He Honors his contracts and backs his players to the hilt(unlike Marquette,  Bobby Petrino, etc.).  The NCAA should be lucky to keep him!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2008 12:18 am

Well done, Lute Olson

Kingla- I'm not sure you are aware of Lute Olson's marital situation if you call him a prick for leaving his wife at the age of 73.

She is 50 and they were married all of 4 years. He married her in November of 2003, after his first wife of 47 years died on 01/01/01.

Hardly seems qualified for the title of prick based on that.

Then again, maybe you are aware and are one yourself, since you think he should've been trashed at the beginning of the season. What about loyalty to years and years of service? To a 73-year old man still doing an excellent job, no less! It is extremely admirable that Arizona granted Lute the time off and kept his job waiting for him. Of course, by FMLA law they would be required to do such.


Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2008 11:56 pm

Well done, Lute Olson

Yah, an interesting perspective, and not a bad one. But it is wrong. Lute Olson should have been let go when he left at the start of the season. Even if your rants on O' Niell are correct, he came in and coached a team he didn't build and a team he wasn't too sure of being able to coach next year, and still led them to the tourney in the tough pac 10. And he left his wife at 73??? What a prick. Jesus I hope he firebombs next year and gets fired. Then O Neill can tell the University of Arizona to stick it when they ask him to come back.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2008 11:09 pm

Well done, Lute Olson

Kudos to Lute Olson for being the great man and coach that he is.Take a look at how many consecutive years Arizona has been to the NCAA tourney.I am very pleased with how Olson handled this situation.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2008 10:57 pm

Well done, Lute Olson

Atta boy, Lute!

I would love to have my son play for him in any program he's heading.

The second Mrs. has something negative to say? I haven't heard that but it wouldn't surprise me. I did read he wanted out and she did not. It's possible he just couldn't continue with marriage #2 after so many loving years with #1 Mrs. Olson. Nothing really happens or is anyone's fault, it's just that the 2nd marriage can't replace the first one that lasted decades. Ask Paul McCartney...

If this story is true and he said all those negative things about the hand that lifted and fed him, looks like Lute has to cut his losses in the coaching relationship, too. So long, Kevin.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2008 10:22 pm

Well done, Lute Olson

Well said!  Doyel seems intent on vilifying O'Neill, which he may deserve.  But one wonders how much Olson had been meddling with O'Neill during his absence.  HIs statements apologizing to players and fans seem to suggest that he had no problem throwing O'Neill under the bus as soon as the Wildcats were losing.  I thought about it for a minute, and I began to wonder...when was the last time that a Division 1 basketball coach took a leave of absence to handle a messy divorce?  There must have been some real stinky stuff that went on with Olson and you gotta wonder about his character.  I mean, the rest of the world has to keep working while going through family problems yet Olson bails out on his team for a year so he can hide from what probably would have been the media taking him to task for what he did to his wife.

That being said, O'Neill still deserved to get the axe if he berated his boss behind his back.  But that doesn't make Olson a good man, he just did what a boss should do if his assistant doesnt respect him.

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2008 10:13 pm

Well done, Lute Olson

What bad things has the soon-to-be-ex-Mrs. Olson said about the Lute-ster?  I wasn't aware of any negative comments that she has made.

I mean, the guy didn't do himself any good with his garbled, contradictory, and obviously FALSE accounts of the whole sordid saga, and he seems to have implied that his inability to get his story straight is somehow HER fault, which understandably pissed her off, but beyond that I haven't heard anything.

Then again, the guy is so old, it's understandable that he gets confused.  Good luck with that next year, Cats fans!

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