I've got an idea for the next college basketball off-season: Let's not have an off-season.
Couldn't we have ended things with Michigan State's storybook run to the Final Four in recession-strapped Detroit? Why couldn't we have simply frozen the one shining moment when North Carolina's
Unfortunately, those memorable moments now seem more like a beginning than an end. The ensuing months have brought much sordidness and scandal that has badly sullied this sport.
In June, USC coach
There were other stories to come out of summer recruiting that flew below the radar but were no less disturbing.
The fact that those two stories caused barely a ripple is a sorry reflection on the state of the game. People just aren't shocked anymore when they hear that something underhanded is going on in summer basketball.
The latest dagger came this week with the unsurprising news that the NCAA has vacated Memphis' 2008 NCAA tournament runner-up appearance because
Lest you think this run of bad stories is over, there are plenty more on the horizon. The O.J. Mayo case at USC has yet to be decided. When it is, it won't be pretty. Mississippi State is still awaiting word on whether freshman forward
Oh, and remember the case going on at UConn regarding the alleged misdeeds of former manager-turned-agent-turned-ripoff artist
I'm also not sure that the Pitino story is over, largely because he has yet to publicly answer questions about it. And make no mistake, he has questions to answer. For example, during his public apology Pitino repeatedly referred to "that indiscretion six years ago." And Louisville athletic director
If it comes out that Pitino has cheated on his wife on other other occasions -- and given the details of the case (Pitino had sex with Sypher in a restaurant just hours after meeting her while his assistant was so close he could hear them) -- one has to wonder if there are going to be more embarrassments for Pitino and Louisville.
Nor have we heard the last from Calipari about the penalties levied against Memphis. We know it is not like him to remain silent. What will he have to say? Will he try to take legal action? And what was Derrick Rose doing taking the SAT in Detroit anyway?
Was it really just four months ago that the 2008-09 season ended? That's frightening considering the 2009-10 season is still three months away. Please, please, please ... let the games begin already. College basketball desperately needs some feel-good stories, and right now I'm not feeling too good.