Dealing with success can be difficult, however. Young, a righthanded pitcher who led the nation with a 1.05 earned run average last year as a sophomore, couldn't turn down a $1.65 million signing bonus from the Pirates. Gloger, a Santa Margarita, Calif., native who had originally committed to UCLA as a high school senior, decided he wanted to play for the Bruins after all. Carmody, an architect of much of the Tigers' success over the last 18 years, including 14 as an assistant to Pete Carril, couldn't resist a reported seven-year, $3.5 million offer from North-western that dwarfed his Princeton salary.
Thompson, the son of the former Georgetown coach, played for Carril from 1984 to '88 and spent the last five years as an assistant at his alma mater, so he understands that he has a tough job ahead picking up the pieces. "There have been so many fires to put out, I haven't really had time to sit back and evaluate how my life has changed," he says. "We've taken some hits, but I don't think this school is ever going to lower its expectations."
Teddy Dupay's Summer
Living Down a Tough Play
Teddy Dupay has read the letters, seen the Internet posts and watched the videotape of last year's NCAA championship game in which he committed a hard foul on a breakaway layup attempt by Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves that almost knocked Cleaves out of the game, leading CBS commentator Billy Packer to say, " Teddy Dupay doesn't guard people defensively, he mugs them." Dupay, Florida's 5'11" junior sharpshooter, understands how the world works, so he knows that no matter what he accomplishes in basketball, chances are he'll be most remembered for that one play. "It's funny," he says, "because in an earlier game I made the same play on [ Oklahoma State forward] Desmond Mason, and Packer complimented me for being tough. I hope people don't think of me as a dirty player, but at the same time I'm not going to just give someone a layup."
After the game, which the Spartans won 89-76, Dupay tried unsuccessfully to find Cleaves in Michigan State's locker room, but he did chat briefly with members of Cleaves's family in the hallway outside. "I wanted them to know it wasn't intentional," Dupay says, "and one of his brothers said he understood."
The day after the final, Dupay underwent surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff in his left (non-shooting) shoulder. The injury, which was discovered at the beginning of his freshman year, had gotten worse over the second half of last season, but Dupay played through the pain. He relied on several medications that often left him drowsy and grumpy, and as a result of the injury his production fell off. He averaged 8.6 points last season (down from 11.0 in his freshman year) and made only 28.1% of his three-point tries in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.
Dupay was cleared to play again just in time to go on the Gators' five-game tour of Europe in August. Crossing the Atlantic didn't leave The Play behind—"Some Americans were over there, and that was always the first thing they asked about," he says—but at least it gave him a chance to make some new ones. Dupay drilled six three-point attempts during the first half of Florida's opener against a club team in Paris, and he was the Gators' leading scorer on the trip, with a 21.6 average.