The war on terror.
Amy Winehouse's life.
Those are two things I think might end worse than Derrick Caracter's 5,348th chance at Louisville, but those are the only two things I can come up with off the top of my head. I mean, I don't want to be a skeptic because I love a good comeback story as much as the next guy (did you see Josh Hamilton hit all those home runs!?!). But it's difficult to imagine any scenario under which this actually works out regardless of what Caracter has claimed he's willing to do while begging Rick Pitino to let him return to the program.
So what is it that Caracter has claimed he's willing to do, you ask?
According to Rick Pitino (per the Louisville Courier-Journal), Caracter has agreed to:
- Pay his own way to school while missing the 2008-09 season (both practices and games).
- Get a job approved by Pitino.
- Secure his own living arrangements.
- Get into shape.
- Become academically eligible.
- Stay out of trouble.
Pitino said Caracter will be allowed to rejoin the Cardinals for the 2009-2010 season if he does all those things.
My initial reaction: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
Seriously, is there any way this is possible?
Caracter has been a problem at every level -- never been a good student, good teammate or good dude in general. The stories I could tell you about this guy are classic, and if you ever see me in a bar buy me a pint of Stella Artois and I'll be sure to share one of them. We'll have a good laugh. I'm looking forward to it. But in the meantime, just trust me when I tell you the odds of Caracter meeting the above-stated requirements and not doing something stupid over the 16 months between now and the time he'll supposedly play his next college game are about as good as Brett Favre ever permanently retiring.
Simply put, I just don't see it happening.
But I'll sure have fun watching it develop or unravel, whichever the case may be.