Tag:Eric Gordon
Posted on: February 22, 2008 9:00 am

Call their bluff, Rick Greenspan (morning!)

Thanks to some tremendous reporting by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish, we're now aware of the ridiculous ultimatum posed to Indiana AD Rick Greenspan by several Hoosiers, who said they'll walk out on the team if Greenspan follows through on his plan to get rid of phonin' Kelvin Sampson.

Do it, Greenspan. Get rid of Sampson and let the chips idiots fall where they may.

This is a toothless threat, first of all. D.J. White is going to give up his last shot at playing in the Final Four? Eric Gordon is going to give up his only shot at the Final Four? They can't be that dumb. And if they are ... do it, Greenspan. Send the message right now that Indiana will not be told how to run its shady business by college kids.

Right now Greenspan looks terrible for bringing in Sampson in the first place. He'll look even worse if he refuses to kick the cheater to the curb. And if he caves in to the players? He'll end his own career. He's finished.

But if he stands up to the players, even if they follow through on their threat, he will look noble for the first time in his miserable career at Indiana. And Indiana will recover.

If Indiana gives in to college kids who love their cheating coach? Greenspan won't recover from that. Neither will Indiana. Not ever.

Call their bluff, Greenspan. The college kids might have more cards in their hand, but you've got something more valuable.

The knowledge that you're right.






Posted on: February 9, 2008 12:35 pm

Pot, Meet Kettle (the Illinois AD)


OK, so this is funny. Not funny, ha-ha. More like funny, hahahahahahahaha.

The athletics director at Illinois, Ron Guenther, has issued an apology to Indiana and Hoosiers freshman Eric Gordon for the profane way some Illinois fans treated them Thursday night. It was a classy move, this apology, considering the unclassy way Gordon was treated on occasion by -- again -- a handful of fans. Not the entire crowd.

What I find funny is that Guenther is the same guy who treated his own players last year with no class at the NCAA Tournament, a display I witnessed and then wrote about. The story created a ruckus at Illinois, with some people wanting Guenther fired and other people wanting me fired. Anyway ...

Guenther never apologized for his behavior that day. The closest he came was in this story, when he basically apologized for my decision to report what I heard and saw. Here's the money quote:

I feel badly that (Doyel) felt he had to print it.

So there you have it. Illinois fans were a bunch of boors Thursday night, as decreed by Guenther. Takes one to know one, I guess.




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