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Rutgers’ blame should begin at the top
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 5, 2013 @ 9:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
The dominoes keep falling at Rutgers. You wonder if there’s anyone next.
You also wonder what has been learned. Something, you would hope, about the judgment of leaders. Gracious, the mess that can cause.
I do not care for scandals when they turn into this. A constant and furious roar, fed by daily media chatter, when sober and careful action would better serve the future.
The tapes of unhinged coaching have now had days of repeats; grainy reminders of what it looks like when a line is crossed. Yes, I get it. The head coach had to go. The assistant coach had to go. The athletic director probably had to go. Probably.
It is hard to be sure about that, because it is hard to tell exactly who did what and why in the high command. So once the clear perpetrator is out, maybe we ought to take some time before the next drop of the guillotine. But time is what scandals don’t have. There will be calls for the president’s head. And after that, perhaps anyone named Rutgers?
Maybe we should pause for a minute. This was awful. But the travails of the Scarlet Knight players should be a little down the list of national woes, no matter how rich a subject it is for talk shows.
That said, you hope college athletics was paying attention to an explosion that absolutely did not need to happen. In the end, it is not the actions of Mike Rice that should leave us the most baffled. It is the judgment of the people at the top, who had the first shot of dousing this before it turned into a forest fire.
How many times do we see that, in various flavors? Administrators face a perilous situation and convince themselves that it will go away. That it will not blow up. That the smart move is to go softly, when forceful and sure action would be the one and only thing to prevent a nightmare.
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