The University of Louisville Athletics department just finished one of the most remarkable runs in major college sports in the history of college athletics. Tom Jurich has received well-earned praise for his role in putting the necessary people in place to achieve these goals, and obtaining the resources these people need to be successful.
That said, there seems to be a disturbing trend taking place in UL athletics. Everyone gets a second chance, and the people who have already had a second chance? Well, they get a third. With the seemingly inevitable rehire of Bobby Petrino ("confirmed" and a "done deal" if you believe anonymous internet
jerks experts), it raises the question:
Is Louisville so successful at sports because we’ll win at all costs?
Here is a list of potentially unethical situations involving UL coaches/players. I’m sure there’s more. In each of these, a strong case can be made that the player or coach deserved a second chance. When you look at them in total, does it really add up that Jurich is making the right calls?
1) Bobby Petrino- hired his mistress to a job 158 other people wanted. Left Louisville in unprofessional way. Left Atlanta in unprofessional way.
2) Clint Hurtt- Did whatever the hell he did in Miami (your guess is as good as mine).
3) Pitino- Restaurant sex with someone other than his wife (But, to be fair, who has restaurant sex with his wife? Also, don’t knock it till you try it).
4) Kellie Young, Lacrosse Coach, accused of abusive tactics.
5) Chane Behanan accidentally killed a hooker, got a 2 game suspension (sorry, couldn’t resist).
There are others that could be listed here, as well. Michael Dyer, Kevin Ware, etc….
So, what’s the deal? Will we win at all costs or is Jurich taking each situation on a case by case basis and adjudicating each one properly?