Posted: Wednesday February 15, 2006 10:05AM; Updated: Wednesday February 15, 2006 1:02PM
B.J. Schecter will periodically answer questions from SI.com users in his mailbag.
What in the name of Bob Knight is going on with college basketball coaches lately? These leaders of young men are getting paid millions for their services, yet their recent actions are more like a rebellious freshman during his first week on campus than a role model.
Oklahoma State legendary coach Eddie Sutton was cited for DUI after getting injured in a car accident; Quin Snyder finally resigned at Missouri after it became clear the school was going to fire him at season's end; and Rutgers' Gary Waters missed his team's game last Sunday because he was stranded in Ohio after being inducted into Kent State's Hall of Fame. With Spring Break and March Madness just round the corner, the previous week has been a laughable installment of Coaches Gone Wild.
Let's start with Sutton. Last Friday, he allegedly got into his SUV while under the influence. The Associated Press reported that witnesses said that Sutton was unsteady on his feet and fell in the parking lot of Gallagher-Iba arena before getting into his vehicle and driving away. According to a police report, he drove erratically and hit another SUV from behind at around 60 mph. Sutton is out for the remainder of this season on medical leave, but since he's six victories short of 800, all of Oklahoma State's wins while Sutton is out will be counted toward his record as his son, Sean, coaches the Cowboys. Give me a break! Fortunately, there's no way Oklahoma State (13-12, 3-8 in the Big 12) will win six more games this season.
Then there's Snyder, who has been under the NCAA microscope for years for recruiting violations. Pretty boy Quin could have easily been fired last season but got a second chance. Well, with Missouri headed for another year watching the NCAA tournament at home, the Tigers told Snyder that he wouldn't be back next season -- so he quit (kind of like dropping a class). Cry me a river, Quin.
And that brings me to my favorite case of all -- Waters'. The coach was being honored by Kent State on Saturday night and with Rutgers not playing until Sunday afternoon, he figured he could fly out on Saturday morning and come back first thing Sunday morning and make the game. OK. But with the New York/New Jersey region preparing for its biggest blizzard in more than a decade, Waters decided to go anyway. His excuse was the weather report he saw had the storm changing course. C'mon! It didn't take Al Roker to figure out the area was going to get clobbered. It did and Waters missed the game. He's lucky to still have his job and if Rutgers AD Bob Mulcahy was smart he'd have Tony Soprano pay Waters a visit.
I don't know what is wrong with coaches these days, but they're making Bob Knight look like a choir boy.