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Showing 3 articles from April 23, 2012.

"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

College hoops coaches with screws loose

I always thought college basketball coaches had a screw loose.

See Billy Gillispie. He lost the best job in the business, Kentucky, because he had a habitual drinking problem.

Or Bruce Pearl, whose bright future at Tennessee came crashing down after he told NCAA investigators he did not recognize some people in a picture they showed him. Not only did Pearl fail to identify one of his assistant coaches, he could not identify his own house. Cheatin and lyin dont pay.

Another fall from grace case was Louisvilles Rick Pitino, who came close to the firing line after his sexual fling with a woman in a Louisville restaurant. It made headlines all over the country. The female went to prison, but Slick Rick managed to keep his job at the expense of his reputation.

I believe their football-coaching brethren may be catching up in the demolition derby.

UK's Calipari 'King of One and Done'

So Kentuckys national championship team scattered to the winds after hoisting the trophy.

So what?

All five starters three freshmen, two sophomores declared for the upcoming NBA Draft. That included National Player of the Year Anthony Davis.

Cats Coach John Calipari never shed a tear. Instead, he was a proud papa at their press conference, in which he participated.

Conversely, Coach Cal realizes it is todays system and embraces it. While he says he doesnt like the NBA rule that prohibits a player to declare for the draft until they turn 19, Calipari is miles ahead of the curve on college coaches who have not adjusted to the rule.

Calipari is King of One and Done. He sells recruits a ticket to the NBA after one year. It is not a recruiting ploy. He backs it up. Calipari pushes the baby birds out of the nest and watches them fly.


General Sports

Courtney McFarlin named coach of LHS Devilettes

LEBANON-- It's a birthday present Courtney McFarlin will never forget. Early Monday, on her 28th birthday, McFarlin was promoted to head girls basketball coach at Lebanon High School.

McFarlin, a former Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist at Mt. Juliet, takes over for Larry Inman who resigned a little over a week ago to take the head coaching reins at Tennessee State University.

"Courtney has been with us for two years and worked side by side with Coach Inman," said LHS principal Myra Sloan. "She knows all of the girls and they respect her as a person and as a coach.

"Her work ethic is next to none and she can pick up right where Coach Inman left off. The program will not miss a beat under Courtney's direction. We are very fortunate to have her leading the way at LHS."

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