In a blog earlier today I wrote that, if given the chance, you should try to sit next to Bob Huggins at an AAU game.
He tells lots of stories and it's hilarious.
I called that my Tip of the Day.
Now, I've got another Tip of the Day.
Oddly, it also centers around Huggins ... or at least two of his players.
The second Tip of the Day is to NEVER FIGHT WITH POLICE OFFICERS!.
Honestly, has anybody ever won a fight with cops? I mean, in the history of the civilized world, has it ever happened? Even once? If it has, I can't find any proof, and yet otherwise reasonable humans still try to scrap with cops seemingly everyday -- the latest two allegedly being West Virginia basketball players Joe Mazzulla and Cameron Thoroughman.
(How perfect is it that somebody named Thoroughman is mixing it up with police?)
Mazzulla and Thoroughman were arrested Monday at PNC Park while attending a Pirates game. Mazzulla was charged with aggravated assault, hindering apprehension and underage drinking. Thoroughman was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and underage drinking, and when officers tossed him to the ground for reportedly refusing to put his arms behind his back Mazzulla came to his defense and allegedly -- ready for this? -- punched a police sergeant!
(In fairness, you can't really regulate scrappiness, and I think that should be Mazzulla's defense. Sometimes it helps you grab 11 rebounds in a win over Duke. Other times it causes you to punch a police sergeant. What can you do?)
Yes, Mazzulla reportedly punched a police sergeant. That's always a good way to get arrested, as is trying to grab an officer's gun (as Pitt's Levance Fields learned last year). Crazy kids, these days. But it is worth noting Huggins' players are apparently evolving. Used to be they'd only punch police horses (please tell me you remember that story). But now they're going straight for the police! And that's the kind of toughness that I think could be the foundation for a Big East title .. or six months probation, depending on the angle you want to take.