Marquette assistant lied when he didn't need to lie, is now unemployed

You would think that watching Bruce Pearl go from one of college basketball's most successful coaches to the co-host of a radio show with -- no offense, buddy -- Jeff Goodman for little more than trying to lie his way through an investigation would teach men everywhere that honesty truly is the best policy when you're caught committing secondary violations.

But no.

Here we are again.

Another coach has lost his job for providing misleading information.

This time it's Marquette assistant Scott Monarch.

He provided misleading information when asked about the fact that he gave a recruit apparel and a ride somewhere in violation of NCAA rules. And, yes, those are violations of NCAA rules. But they are relatively small violations. And they would've almost certainly been survivable violations if not for Monarch providing misleading information about them.

But, inexplicably, he lied.

And now he's fired on a Friday night in August.

The development reminds me of a column I wrote two years ago about Pearl and coaches lying to investigators. You can check the column at this link. One part reads like this:

There's a time and place for everything -- lying included. But history suggests almost any violation other than paying prospects, committing academic fraud or conducting improper dealings with agents can be absorbed as long as you're truthful when approached.

After writing that column in September 2010 I heard a high-major assistant was being investigated about something that was also relatively minor but undeniably more serious than what Monarch did here. I got that assistant on the phone one afternoon. He wouldn't talk on the record, but he finally told me what he was facing, and he said he had decided to just tell the truth and keep his fingers crossed. So that's what he did. The assistant acknowledged the violation the first time he was formally asked about it and was subsequently suspended briefly, which wasn't ideal. But he kept his job. The point is that he kept his job and that he's still coaching today because he understand what he did was wrong but not wrong enough to lie about.

Why Scott Monarch didn't understand as much in this case is a mystery.

The truth would've almost certainly saved his job.

The fiction has him looking for another.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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