Put on the defensive by Eustachy's national media blitz, Van De Velde ratcheted up the rhetoric. "Are we going to allow a few boosters and the basketball coach to run the university?" he asked on Saturday. "That's one of the problems in intercollegiate athletics today. We're doing what I think is right?
In a sport in which Jerry Tarkanian and Jim Harrick could continually find work, Eustachy's record is nearly spotless by comparison. He knows he'll coach again. "I woke up this morning and I had a great feeling about myself, better than when we won the league championship," he said on Saturday, his voice full of optimism. "I've got some real role models in Jerry Sloan and Rudy Tomjanovich"—NBA coaches who are recovering alcoholics—"and I can only follow what they've done. In time, this will only make me stronger. I really believe that it's the best thing that ever happened to me."