Posted on: October 12, 2009 6:09 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 6:12 pm
There is still no indication that Louisville's Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings will be disciplined in a public and meaningful way for getting arrested this weekend, which is further evidence that the whole Karen Sypher Saga has put Rick Pitino in a tough spot.
Seriously, what can he do?
If he doesn't suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for not disciplining players.
But if he does suspend Smith and Jennings, Pitino is open to criticism for being, well, a hypocrite.
It's the classic no-win situation, and that's why acting as though the admitted affair with Sypher (and the abortion that followed it) wouldn't affect Pitino's ability to coach was short-sighted. My thought was always that, going forward, Pitino would have a hard time telling players how to act away from the gym because they'd unquestionably think of how he acted away from the gym, and if Pitino wasn't disciplined for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal then how could he discipline players for conduct unbecoming of a Louisville Cardinal?
It's a tricky situation, obviously.
And that's why I expect Smith and Jennings to start the season as planned, because to suspend them would almost certainly cause a rift Louisville doesn't need. By handling this internally, Pitino can express his disappointment with Smith and Jennings while simultaneously playing the but-I've-got-your-back/we're-all-in-this-circus-together card. And at this point that's probably Pitino's best move, the lesser of two bads, sad as that might seem.
Posted on: October 11, 2009 8:13 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2009 8:16 pm
The following headlines can be found on our college basketball page right now:
And this really has been a wild offseason for the Louisville program, hasn't it?