I'm home (and more on the two-cell-phone coach)
Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 3:29 pm
HOME -- I'm pleased to report that I made it back to Memphis International around 1:45 this morning, which means roughly 39 hours passed from the time I initially left my hotel in Las Vegas for the airport Sunday until the time I actually pulled into my driveway early Tuesday.
In the meantime, I've received a lot of emails about my Tweet concerning a coach watching prospects in Las Vegas while holding two cell phones and talking to a known runner. Some of you have asked why it matters if he was holding two cell phones. The answer to that question is that many coaches -- if not most -- secretly have a second cell phone because they think it helps get around NCAA rules about text messages and limits on phone calls to recruits. So that's that. What even more of you have asked is for me to name the coach. But, as I Tweeted late Saturday, I didn't see the coach do this with my own eyes, so I don't feel comfortable identifying him by name because he'd just deny it, and then I'd be stuck in a dispute about something I didn't actually see.
Still, I'll say this: None of your guesses have been correct.
I've received Tweets and emails from readers asking whether it was Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl, John Calipari or Tony Barbee, and I can honestly tell you none of those are correct because, well, it wasn't an SEC coach. Likewise, it wasn't Ben Howland, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self or Tom Crean, and it wasn't Scott Drew, Josh Pastner, Steve Alford, Mark Few or Jay Wright, either.
(I think that covers all the guesses I've received.)
Anyway, like I said, I'll never name the coach because I didn't personally see it, and that wasn't the point of the Tweet to begin with. I just thought it was a funny scene. Nothing more, nothing less. And, honestly, it's not even all that rare of a scene when bouncing around the summer circuit, which I'm no longer doing this month, thank god.