Tag:Kevin Young
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:13 pm

Fisher should be disappointed ... but not mad

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.
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