Props to Chris firstly for calling Dana out in her ESPN chat and secondly for using the ‘bet you won’t post this’ tactic that works so well on KSR liveblogs. If the question was a top 5 Dana O’neil Double Standards, I’d be tempted to say Chris is our very own Chris Thomas.
As far as Dana’s response, she’s right, the rule is inane. The double standard comes when she chooses to go to bat for Coach K, but not for any of the other coaches. Or against any other inane rules in the rulebook, of which there are many. It’s not like she hasn’t had the chance to address the topic this summer, there have been approximately a million instances of inane NCAA rules coming to the forefront the past few months.
To be fair, I wouldn’t expect a scathing piece from Dana if Calipari had committed the same actions Coach K did. But you can bet she would have found a way to work a barb into her next UK piece. And that? That’s a double standard my friends.