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DeCourcy: Coaches in CBSSports.com’s cheater poll should be ashamed


Haters gonna hate.

We’ve all moved on with our lives from Friday’s “Biggest Perceived Cheater” poll on CBSSports.com, but it’s worth bringing it back for just a minute or two this morning to read Mike DeCourcy’s thoughts over at Sporting News. Instead of taking the common approach and calling out the Jeff Goodman Band for raising the question, DeCourcy says the coaches who participated in the poll should be ashamed of themselves.

It was downright tacky for coaches to respond to the question about the “most overrated coach,” particularly when the largest number of them proposed it was North Carolina’s Roy Williams, who has won two NCAA championships, reached seven Final Fours and earned induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It was catty to answer at all, and silly to suggest him, but there was no great harm done.

In this case, however, hiding behind an anonymous survey to defame a competitor demonstrates once again that even though college basketball coaches do a wonderful job of teaching the game, they do a horrific job of promoting it.

It’s the coaches who responded to the most salacious of the questions who ought to be ashamed, and hardly for the first time.

36-percent of the 100 or so of the coaches polled said Calipari is “perceived” as the biggest cheater in college basketball. Of those 36-percent, it’s fair to assume they’re just bitter over the success Cal is having at Kentucky. I bet most of them have a lost a recruit or two to Cal over the years.

Haters gonna hate. Cats gonna Cayt.

[Sporting News: Coaches who voted in survey about “perceived” cheating should be ashamed]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for DeCourcy: Coaches in CBSSports.com’s cheater poll should be ashamed



  1. Joy Behar
    10:44 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    So what? Who Cares??



  2. Marcus L. Owens
    10:52 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    The dirtiest coach or the coach that cheats is the coach that holds players back and costs them opportunities. Cal has never turned a good kids bad or broken the law, all of this chatter and negativity is media driven but that’s the society we live in. Go Big Blue!



  3. patiner's wiener
    10:52 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    I really wish Cal (and UK) would threaten to sue cbs-sports and the yoyo writer of the piece. You can not say these things and get away with it. In the very least, they should push to get the exact quotes from specific coaches. Let those sob’s squirm for a while just hope’n Cal and the media doesn’t get ahold of them.



  4. milosh
    10:55 am August 13, 2012 Permalink


  5. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    11:05 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    This is so funny. Hey cardvillage fans, keep sulking in the corner. They don’t give out National Championships for pity. 1986 dude 1986.



  6. stan
    11:27 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    They “think” he is cheating? Any proof? If there was ANYTHING out there, or if ANYTHING does ever come up, it will be all over the news. Why don’t they come forward and say publicly they think he is cheating instead of hiding behind a desk? Chicken shit bastards, if you got something, prove it. If not, shut the hell up and keep losing.



  7. Give it Up Already
    11:29 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    #1 and #5-Do have have to trot out your link every time this subject comes up? It has grown beyond pathetic.



  8. Logic
    11:58 am August 13, 2012 Permalink

    Coach manipulative with their voting!?! I’m shocked.



  9. Musehobo
    2:07 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s the thing…I think Cal has been 100% clean here at UK, and I am one of his biggest supporters. But after his comments about WWW the other day, I’m laying off the “Cal isn’t a cheater” talk a little bit. Cal had a chance to say that he never used WWW to help him recruit. Instead, he merely said he din’t need WWW here to help. He even implied he may have needed him at UMass and Memphis. I hope he’s never done anything like a major violation, but I’m a little less confident now. I’m crossing my fingers.



  10. CPACAT
    2:32 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    How about this as an alternative headline..

    64% of college basketball coaches think someone other than John Calipari is perceived to be the biggest cheater in college basketball.

    Amazing what you can say with statistics.